Frédéric Bazille (1841-1870), The Family Gathering, 1867, oil on canvas, Musée d’Orsay, Paris

The National Gallery of Art is the only U.S. venue to present a touring exhibition dedicated to this central figure in the development of Impressionism. Details here!

The first major show of Frédéric Bazille’s work in a quarter century opens April 9 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Featuring more than 75 paintings, “Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism” offers a comprehensive view of the artist’s accomplishments during the 1860s.

Co-curators Paul Perrin and Kimberly Jones note that Bazille was “engaged with the most significant pictorial issues of his era — the revival of the still-life form, realist landscapes, plein-air figural painting, and the modern nude.” Also on view are works by other influential artists such as Gustave Courbet and Théodore Rousseau.

“Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism” will continue through July 9. To learn more, visit the National Gallery of Art.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

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