Top 10 Most Famous French Painters

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Top 10 Most Famous French Painters

France is a country of passion and historical values. Learning the French language depicts our love for this beautiful state. The capital of France is Paris, which is the hub of fashion industry and expressive ideas. There are so many talented individuals in France. I must say that France has been a highly influencing country when it comes to art and creativity. Let us check out the list we have compiled today. It is top 10 most famous French painters.

10. Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas was born on July 19, 1834, in Paris, France. He was an outstanding painter, with specialized in painting nature. His masterpiece is a painting of a ballerina. He also painted scores of dancers, and was behind the popular paintings like L’Absinthe and The Dance Class. Edgar is regarded to be the founder of the Impressionist movement.

9. Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse was born on December 31, 1869. He was another famous artist of France. He is known for his collage-style paper cut-outs. His best works include ‘Fauves’, and ‘wild beasts’ etc. Henri was known for his creativity and impressive styles of paintings. He died in 1954.

8. Édouard Manet

He was born on January 23, 1832, in Paris. Manet was a distinctive artist of his times. He was both a Realist and an Impressionist. He was influenced by his seniors, which is why he created his own images and scenes, and provided references to the other artists of his times.

7. Claude Monet

Claude Monet was born on November 14, 1840. He was an artist of high-profile. He had expertise as an Impressionist painter. He loved to paint a series of scenes which captured the locations of varying seasons, and were having different lighting conditions.

6. Paul Cézanne

Paul was born on January 19, 1839. He died in 1906. Cézanne was a Post-Impressionist painter, and got fame for his still life scenes of fruit and statues, which can be seen in Still Life with Cherub and The Basket of Apples. His work has been kept in various museums of France.

5. Auguste Rodin

Auguste Rodin was born on November 12, 1840. He was not only a painter but also a great sculptor. He was a prolific artist who created thousands of drawings and paintings. Unfortunately, he couldn’t get appreciations for his marvelous work, but his talent was loved by the people of today. His had expertise in sculpting clay, bronze and marble paintings. His best works are The Gates of Hell, The Kiss, and The Thinker.

4. Georges Seurat

Georges was born on December 2, 1859. He lived in the latter half of 19th Century. He was a remarkable and extremely talented Post-Impressionist painter. He got fame due to his expertise in the technique called pointillism. His best work is A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, which is kept at a French museum.

3. Eugène Delacroix

Eugène Delacroix was born on April 26, 1798, in Saint-Maurice-en-Chalencon, France. He is known for one of his works of the image of Gavroche on the cover of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables. He was a versatile painter, and perfectionist of his time.

2. Paul Gauguin

Paul was born on June 7, 1848. He was both a painter and sculptor. He is known for his unique style of paintings. Paul is a highly influencing painter of his times, and was a great man of Post-Impressionist art. Other famed artists such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse all admitted that Paul owned awesome style of work.

1. Jean-Yves Lechevallier

He was born in 1946, in Rouen, Normandy. He was another great artist of the his times. Lechevallier is best known for his amazing sculptures and paintings. His works are not small statues, but are large installations that are highly interacting with the surroundings. You can see his works at French museums.

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