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Frdric Bazille 1841 1870 Frdric Bazille was born in 1841 to a rich middle-class Protestant family of wine producers near Montpellier France In 1859 he began to study medicine in Montpellier and in 1862 continued his medical studies in Paris While in Paris he began to study painting part-time at Charles Gleyres studio where he met Monet Renoir and Sisley After failing his medical exams in the spring of 1864 he enrolled as a full-time student of Gleyre Gleyre emphasized the importance or originality and Bazille once said Thanks to Gleyres teaching I shall at least be able to boast that I have not copied anybody While in Paris Bazille became close friends with Monet Pissarro Renoir Manet and Sisley sharing studios with Monet in 1865 and Renoir in 1866 Bazille was an ardent supporter of his friends works In fact when Monet was in dire financial straits Bazille bought one of his paintings and tried to help sell others He also took the main financial responsibility of paying the rent in his studios due to his financial background Manet and Courbet influenced Bazilles impressionistic style paintings He painted numerous portraits of friends and members of his family along with landscapes His quiet clear landscapes and harmonious family scenes in muted colors made him one of the most significant representatives of Early Impressionism Some of his best works include Family Reunion The Terrace at Mric Oleander and Bazilles Studio In August of 1870 following Frances declaration of war against Prussia Bazille enlisted On November 28th Bazille was killed in a minor skirmish at Beaune-la-Rolande in Burgandy cutting short a promising career He was 29 years old
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