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Self-Portrait. 18651866. Frédéric Bazille. Oil on canvas. Art Institute of Chicago.

(Jean) Frédéric Bazille (December 6, 1841November 28, 1870) was an impressionist painter and soldier best known for his depiction of figures.

Born in Montpellier, Hérault, France, into a middle-class Protestant family, Bazille began studying medicine in 1862 when he met Pierre-Auguste Renoir and was drawn to impressionist painting.

Family Reunion.
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Family Reunion.

His friends included Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, and Édouard Manet. Born to a wealthy family, Bazille helped support some of these artists by giving them space in his studio and materials to use.

Bazille was just 23 years old when he painted several famous works, including The Pink Dress. His best known painting is a Family Reunion (1867-1868).

Frédéric Bazille's career was cut short when he was killed in action in Beaune-la-Rolande, Loiret during the Franco-Prussian War.

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