French Impressionist Painter
Education - He studied under Parisian painter Gleyre
Cause of Death: He died on the battlefield in Beaune-la-Rolande, Loiret during the Franco-Prussian War. He was just29.
About the Artist and A Description of His Style
Frederic Bazille’s dazzling paintings demonstrate his mastery of capturing the effects of sunlight on the landscape. In his greatest painting, Little Gardener, circa 1866, he combined both classical and romantic styles. Deep green leaves dance in the foreground, intensifying the impact of a woodland paradise. Ruffled by alight breeze, cheerful flowers evoke joyous emotions, like the tranquility of a spring morning. Bazille creates a charming scene of serenity and harmony while stressing balance and clarity of outline.
His unique style of painting is characterized by concentration on the overall impression produced by a scene or object and the use of unmixed primary colors and small brushstrokes to suggest reflected light. Bazille was an open air painter, observing nature directly and record fleeting atmospheric effects with his brush. He believed that light was inseparable from the object it illuminated, so to capture the light at a precise moment, he worked from direct observation. Bazille was not aiming simply to illustrate nature's luminous lighting effects but was inclined toward a more individual interpretation that symbolized a deeper spiritual meaning.
In the early part of his career Bazille became infamous for his art - at the time Impressionism was detested by nearly all art critics and public alike, as shameful and unseemly and radical.
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