French painting

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Impressionism: La Route de Versailles a Louveciennes by Camille Pissarro.

De vie et de lumière

French Painting is considered among those most important and has an interesting history. The first manifestations of French painting are given in the prehistoric art and with the Roman epoch with some murals. In the Middle Age there are also some important murals and Gothic stained glasses; in the Renaissance Italian models are followed. It will be until Century XVII, with Nicolas Poussin like its best exposing and Claude Lorrain, that French Baroque painting reaches an important place. Century XVIII brought the Rococo, and it is Century XIX, precisely, that of the great French painting. In Century XX there also are important demonstrations but without reaching the splendor and the fame of the previous years.

Schools and movements

Romanticism, Le Derby d'Epsom by Jean Louis Théodore Géricault.
Barbizon School, Cows Returning from the Mountainside by Thèodore Rousseau.
Postmodernism: Claude Verlinde.


Francis I, Jean Clouet.
Olympia, Manet.
La jeune rieuse, Jules Joseph Lefebvre.

Petite gallerie

Renoir Monet pintando en su jardín de Argenteuil.jpg

Impressionism: Monet painting in his garden in Argenteuil, Renoir.

See also

Return of Odysseus (Early 1800's) by Nicholas Monsiau (history painter).
Baroque: Nicolas Poussin, The Martyrdom of St. Erasmus.
Poppies, 1914 by Pierre Bonnard.

External links

Delacroix, La liberte guidant le peuple.

In French:

Andre Derain, Hungerford Bridge at Charing Cross, 1906.