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Jean-Baptiste Isabey: The French Painter of Portrait Miniatures

The French painter, Jean-Baptiste Isabey, is celebrated as the most prominent French miniaturist of the early nineteenth century.

Born in Nancy on April 11, 1767, Isabey was highly acclaimed for his portrait “Napoleon at Malmaison”, which is considered one of best likenesses of the emperor.


Francis Picabia: The Dadaist Master of Machinist Art

Francis-Marie Martinez de Picabia is revered as one of the most intriguing and inscrutable artists of the past century.

Best-known as one of the leaders of Dada movement, Picabia was born on January 22, 1879, in Paris.


Charles Despiau: The Sculptor of Calm Classicism

Charles Despiau is celebrated as one of the leading lights of French early 20th-century sculpture, who sought a new route for sculpture and developed a distinctive classicising style.

Famous for repeating the same model with only slight variations, Despiau was born on November 4, 1874, at Mont-de-Marsan, Landes.


Jean-Baptiste Chardin: Master Of The Silent Life

Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin is celebrated as one of the most important artists of the 18th century as well as one of the greatest masters of Still Life in the history of French art.

Venerated as the master of genre painting, Chardin was born in Paris on November 2, 1699, the son of a cabinetmaker, and rarely left his native quarter of Saint-Germain-des-Prés


Eugène Fromentin: The Pictorial Interpreter of African Life

Eugène Fromentin is celebrated as one of the earliest pictorial interpreters of Algeria, and a great writer whose descriptions of paintings are the last word in the art of writing.

One of the cleverest modern harmonists of Academic Classicism, Fromentin was born on October 24, 1820, in La Rochelle, France.