Frédéric Bazille (1841-1870) La Réunion de famille, 1867 Paris, musée d’Orsay © Photo musée d’Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt

Frédéric Bazille (1841-1870). The Youth of Impressionism.

Frédéric Bazille, influenced by Realism and his friend Claude Monet – contemporary of Delacroix, Courbet, Manet, Renoir, Fantin-Latour, Cézanne – died in combat in 1870 at the age of 28.
The exhibition follows his aesthetic progress and expression of his unique talent through sixty paintings displayed both thematically and chronologically alongside the works of his fellow artists. Bazille contributed to the important issues of avant-garde painting in the 1860’s – modern life, the renewal of traditional genres such as portrait, the nude, still life – with his own originality and talent.

The show invites the viewer to take a fresh look at an artist who, in spite of his untimely death, was a key figure in the birth of Impressionism.

Michel Hilaire, General Heritage Curator, Musée Fabre, Montpellier
Paul Perrin, Curator, Musée d’Orsay
Kimberly Jones, Associate Curator of French Paintings, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

with the collaboration of:
Marie Lozón de Cantelmi, Curator of 19th and 20th century collections. Musée Fabre, Montpellier
Stanislas Colodiet, Acting Curator of 19th and 20th century collections. Musée Fabre, Montpellier

Exhibition also presented in:
Montpellier, Musée Fabre, from 25 June to 16 October 2016
Washington D.C., National Gallery of Art, from 9 April to 9 July 2017

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