Top 10 Most Famous French Artists
Born: June 7, 1848, Paris, France
Artist Type: Painter/Sculptor
The painter and sculptor Paul Gaugin has an easily recognizable style, which was very advanced for his time. So advanced, in fact, that he was one of the biggest influences in Post-Impressionist art. Other famed artists such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse all admitted to being influenced by Gaugin's works! He spent the last 12 years of his life in French Polynesia, getting to know the local people; many of the local women appear in his paintings. Three of his most famous works of art are Vision After the Sermon, Tahitian Women on the Beach and Spirit of the Dead Watching, which has been referenced and copied countless times ever since. However, it's not just his artistic talent that Gaugin is famous for. A tale has been passed down through the generations of Vincent can Gogh cutting off his earlobe - this was during a dispute with the one and only Paul Gaugin! Who would have thought that someone so skilled with a paintbrush could lead a contemporary to self-mutilation?
Born: January 19, 1839, Aix-en-Provence, France
Artist Type: Painter
Paul Cézanne lived in Aix-en-Provence throughout most of his life, which ended in 1906. That year saw the death of one of the world's greatest artistic talents, let alone just those stemming from France. Cézanne was a Post-Impressionist painter who was famous for his still life scenes of fruit and statues, which can be seen in Still Life with Cherub and The Basket of Apples. He was a man who could make something which would be considered boring and mundane under any other circumstances into something creative and mesmerising. It has been said that Cézanne's style acted as a sort of metaphorical bridge between the Impressionist and Cubist movements, which is easy to see when you look at his work!