Pierre Puvis De Chavannes Biography and Artwork

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, born in Lyon, France in 1824, was a prominent mural painter of the 19th century. He hailed from an ancient noble family and became a co-founder and president of Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. His work influenced fellow artists such as Robert Genin.

Puvis de Chavannes captured attention through his Symbolist style of murals, notably seen in The Sacred Grove. Before receiving this significant commission, he had works displayed in Paris and various museums across France. This seminal piece cemented his place among the greats of his time.

Puvis de Chavannes felt a strong connection to public buildings as he often decorated them with his artwork, making him an iconic figure even beyond just French art history. One such structure to boast his murals is the Boston Public Library.

Despite being known for his artwork’s sizeable scale, Puvis de Chavannes still inspired many artists through generations before passing away in Paris in 1898 at age 74.

All Pierre Puvis De Chavannes Artwork on Artchive

Artwork Name Year Medium
The Poor Fisherman 1881 Oil on Canvas
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