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A painter of landscapes and figures in landscapes in traditional style,
Jean Frederic Bazille was born in Montpelier, France to a wealthy
family whose members were patrons of the arts and especially supportive
of Impressionist painters. As a young artist in mid-century
Paris, Bazille began associating with revolutionary painters,
especially Impressionists, but he retained his own style, which was
He studied with Charles Gleyre, a Swiss painter, whose Impressionist
style had influenced James McNeill Whistler and many others.
Through Gleyre, Bazille met Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and
they became his close friends. He did plein-air painting with
them in Fontainebleau and Normandy, but as stated, did not adopt their
In the 1860s, he began exhibiting paintings at the Paris Salon including Family Reunion, an outdoor portraiture group.
At age 29, in 1870, Frederic Bazille was killed in the Franco-Prussian War.
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