Category Archives: Art

Fernand Léger

French artist Fernand Léger was born on February 4, 1881 in Argentan, France. Beginning in 1903, he studied architecture in Caen and painting at the Académie Julien in Paris. Through Braque and Picasso, he was introduced to Cubism in 1910, … Continue reading

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Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson

  French painter Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson was born on January 29, 1767. A versatile painter and illustrator, Girodet was probably the illegitimate son of Dr. Trioson and he adopted his surname in 1806. After a false start in architecture, … Continue reading

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Un livre d’heures

French Primatives painter Jean Fouquet was born in 1420, but there is no exact record of when exactly. Since 2020 represents his six hundredth birthday, I decided to just pick a random day to give him a shout out. So, … Continue reading

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Gustave Doré

Gustave Doré was born on January 6, 1832 in Strasbourg, France. He was the most prolific and successful French illustrator of his age. Initially, he was drawn to caricature, spurred on by the encouragement of noted cartoonist Charles Philipon. As … Continue reading

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Maurice Utrillo

French Impressionist painter Maurice Utrillo was born in Paris on December 26, 1883. The illegitimate son of the painter Suzanne Valadon, Utrillo led an extremely bohemian life. Despite alcoholism and drug addiction, however, he was a prolific painter, turning out … Continue reading

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Portrait de Madeleine

Following up on last week’s post about being able to name five female artists, here’s another one to add to your list. French Romantic-style painter Marie-Guillemine Benoist was born on December 18, 1768 in Paris. She was the daughter of … Continue reading

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Cinq femmes artistes?

  My dearly beloved daughter has just moved from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. Now that she is in the same timezone and around two hours away by air, we decided to see her for a belated birthday weekend. In … Continue reading

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