Frederic Bazille Biography and Artwork

Frédéric Bazille was a prominent French Impressionist painter whose career spanned only five years before his untimely death at the age of 28. Bazille’s paintings were characterized by his use of bright colors, loose brushwork, and attention to light and shadow. He was known for his figure paintings placed within a landscape en plein air.

Born into a wealthy Protestant family, Bazille initially studied medicine before deciding to pursue art. He developed his style alongside fellow artists such as Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir who were also eager to make their mark on the art scene in the 1860s. Despite producing only 46 notable works in total during his short life, Bazille played an important role in the formative years of the Impressionist movement.

Bazille contributed towards laying the groundwork for Impressionism with pieces like The Family Reunion (1867) which introduced a new way of positioning figures outside instead of inside rooms. Alongside this, he also attempted to create artistic innovations using new painting techniques common to France at that time like en plein air painting, where they would paint outdoors with natural lighting effects portraying reality as it was seen by the artist’s eyes.

Bazille tragically died in battle during Franco-Prussian War leaving behind an impressive body of work that strongly influenced later impressionist painters like Vincent van Gogh and Henri Matisse. His legacy remains celebrated today as a pioneer of modern art.

All Frederic Bazille Artwork on Artchive

Artwork Name Year Medium
Le Petit Jardinier (the Little Gardener) c. 1866-67 Oil On Canvas
Paysage au bord du Lez 1870 Oil on Canvas
Summer Scene 1869 Oil on Canvas
Bazille's Studio; 9 rue de la Condamine 1870 Oil on Canvas
Portrait of Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1867 Oil on Canvas
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