Top 10 Most Famous French Artists

Added by Nicola Porrill on Apr 5, 2019
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Eugène Delacroix

Born: April 26, 1798, Saint-Maurice-en-Chalencon, France
Artist Type: Painter

Eugène Delacroix may not have the most recognizable name on this list, but he was the creator of one work of art which you'll probably recognize instantly. Do you recall the image of Gavroche on the cover of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables? Well, that picture was most likely inspired by the scene in Delacroix's painting Liberty Leading the People. It shows the magnificent 'tricolor' (another name for the French flag) being held aloft, which has now become an iconic image. I'm pretty sure that the artist living in the 18th and 19th Centuries never knew just how famous his painting would become!

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Georges Seurat

Born: December 2, 1859, Paris, France
Artist Type: Painter

Georges Seurat was born in Paris and lived in the latter half of the 19th Century. He was a remarkably talented Post-Impressionist painter, who was most famous for developing the technique called pointillism. Quite frankly it does what it says on the tin, where tiny dots - or 'points' - of color are placed very closely next to one another, in order to build up an overall impression of color without actually blending the shades themselves. Think of it like an optical illusion, which is really impressive when you take into account the time in which he was living! His most famous work is A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, which stands at a couple of meters high and three meters wide. Considering that Seurat used such a small, fine technique to create such a large painting, it seems that he really wasn't a man to do things by halves!

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