Oil on canvas
Unframed: 40.5 x 32.5 cm (15 15/16 x 12 13/16 in.)
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 2021.134
Born to a wealthy family in Montpellier, France, Bazille came to Paris to study medicine and provided crucial financial support to his friends Claude Monet and Pierre-August Renoir.
Frédéric Bazille painted this charming, poignant portrait of his close friend and fellow Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir at a time when he was sharing his studio with Renoir and Claude Monet. Although Bazille played an important role in the early development of Impressionism, he is not as well-known as his colleagues due to his early death at age 28 while serving in the French army during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870.
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