born and raised in Montpellier, came from a wealthy family.
In 1862, while in Paris,
Bazille studied Impressionism at Charles Gleyre's studio. This is
where he met Monet and Renoir with whom he became life long friends.
Bazille was the godfather of Claude Monet's son Jean.
In the mid 1880's Renoir
and Bazille stepped out of the norm of small scale paintings and
began to paint large canvases of figures and facets of urban life,
suggesting that painting should record human actions, manners and
Bazille's style of painting
was sometimes rejected by the Salon. He typically painted figures
in uncomfortable positions. The painting of La Toilette, for this
reason perhaps, was denied into the Salon in 1870.
When Bazille painted
Reunion de Famille, he purchased Femme au Jardin from Monet. Femme
au Jardin had been rejected by the Salon and Monet could not find
a buyer at that time. After Bazille died unexpectedly, his father
found that Manet had purchased a portrait of Bazille from Renoir.
Bazille's father offered to buy the painting from Manet in exchange
for the Femme au Jardin. Manet agreed, but later, after a disagreement,
Manet returned the Femme au Jardin to Monet. Later, Monet sold the
Femme au Jardin to the Musees Nationaux in 1921.
Bazille died in the
Franco-Prussian War on November 28, 1870.
Paintings by Frederic
- Self Portrait with
Pallete - 1865
- Still Life with Fish
- Le Petit Jardinier
- 1866 - 67
- Pots de fleurs, Flower
- Reunion de Famille
- Terrasse Meric -
Scene - 1869
- L'Atelier de Bazille
rue de las Condamine - 1870
- La Toilette - 1870