Narcisse-Virgil de la Pena
(1807 - 1876)
Narcisse-Virgil Diaz de la Pena was active/lived in France. NarcisseVirgil de la Pena is known for exotic female figure and forest landscape painting.
Biography Narcisse-Virgil de la Pena
Narcisse Diaz, a French landscape and figure painter and founding
member of the avant-garde Barbizon school, was born in Bordeaux of
Spanish parents. His parents were refugees from Joseph Bonaparte's
Spain. By the age of ten, he was a penniless orphan in the care
of a priest at Bellevue near Paris.(1). The young Narcisse, who
had lost one of his legs to blood poisoning, was apprenticed as a
pottery decorator in Paris at the age of 15, (2) which may account for
his later predilection for bright colors and his rather free
draftsmanship.(3) His handicap, and its impact on his mobility, were to
be determinant in the course of his future career.
As was a common practice, Narcisse learned to paint at the Louvre,
where he wa
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