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Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism

National Gallery of Art, Washington

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Despite his contributions to the birth of impressionism, Frédéric Bazille (1841-1870) remains relatively unknown. A thematic presentation of 75 works—including paintings by contemporaries such as Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir—will bring to light Bazille’s place as a central figure in the movement. Several examples from the Gallery’s collection, which houses the largest group of Bazille’s works outside of France, will be featured in the first major American exhibition on the artist in almost 25 years. Paintings by his predecessors, Gustave Courbet and Théodore Rousseau, compared with those of Bazille, explore the sources and influences on his limited but visionary oeuvre. Find out more about the Frédéric Bazille exhibition from the National Gallery of Art’s website.

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Eel and Red Mullet (1864), Édouard Manet. © Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt

Eel and Red Mullet (1864), Édouard Manet. © Musée d’Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt

Young Woman with Peonies (1870), Frédéric Bazille. National Gallery of Art, Washington

Young Woman with Peonies (1870), Frédéric Bazille. National Gallery of Art, Washington

Reclining Nude or Nude Study (1864), Frédéric Bazille. Musée Fabre, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole

Reclining Nude or Nude Study (1864), Frédéric Bazille. Musée Fabre, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole

The Ramparts at Aigues-Mortes (1867), Frédéric Bazille. Musée Fabre, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole

The Ramparts at Aigues-Mortes (1867), Frédéric Bazille. Musée Fabre, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole

The Improvised Field Hospital (1865), Frédéric Bazille. © Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt

The Improvised Field Hospital (1865), Frédéric Bazille. © Musée d’Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt

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