Famous French Art Critics

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 1 Charles Baudelaire

Charles Baudelaire
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 9, 1821
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 31, 1867
French prose poet, essayist, and critic Charles Baudelaire was one of the first translators of the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Best known for his book of poems Les Fleurs du mal, he is believed to have coined the word modernity and was associated with the symbolist and decadent movements.

 2 Denis Diderot

Denis Diderot
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: October 5, 1713
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Langres, France
Died: July 31, 1784

Denis Diderot revolutionized the Age of Enlightenment as the co-founder of Encyclopédie, which was banned for questioning religion. He had flirted with the idea of joining the theater and becoming a priest, and even studied law, but later devoted himself to languages, literature, and philosophy.

 3 Guillaume Apollinaire

Guillaume Apollinaire
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 26, 1880
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: November 9, 1918

French poet Guillaume Apollinaire was a significant figure of the avant-garde movement. It is believed he had coined the terms Cubism, Surrealism, and Orphism. Known for his iconic poem Chanson du mal-aimé, written after being rejected by a lover, he also developed the typography-based concrete poetry in the collection Calligrammes.

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 4 Jacqueline Roque

Jacqueline Roque
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Famous As: Best known as the muse and second wife of Pablo Picasso
Birthdate: February 24, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 15, 1986

 5 Robbie Ross

Robbie Ross
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 25, 1869
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tours, France
Died: October 5, 1918

 6 Joris-Karl Huysmans

Joris-Karl Huysmans
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Famous As: Art critic, Novelist
Birthdate: February 5, 1848
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 12, 1907

 7 Louis Aragon

Louis Aragon
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Famous As: Former surrealist writer, co-founded with André Breton and Philippe Soupault the surrealist review Littérature
Birthdate: October 3, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 24, 1982
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 8 Jean Metzinger

Jean Metzinger
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: June 24, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nantes, France
Died: November 3, 1956

 9 Camille Doncieux

Camille Doncieux
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Famous As: painter, model
Birthdate: January 15, 1847
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: September 5, 1879

 10 Octave Mirbeau

Octave Mirbeau
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 16, 1848
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Trévières, France
Died: February 16, 1917

 11 Léon Werth

Léon Werth
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 17, 1878
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Remiremont, France
Died: December 13, 1955

 12 Ambroise Vollard

Ambroise Vollard
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Famous As: Art Dealer
Birthdate: July 3, 1866
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint-Denis, Réunion
Died: July 22, 1939

 13 Nicolas Bourriaud

Nicolas Bourriaud
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Famous As: Curator
Birthdate: April 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Niort, France

 14 Maurice Bardèche

Maurice Bardèche
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Famous As: Art critic
Birthdate: October 1, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dun-sur-Auron, France
Died: July 30, 1998

 15 Louis Leroy

Louis Leroy
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 1, 1812
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 1, 1885

 16 Edmond de Goncourt

Edmond de Goncourt
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 26, 1822
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nancy, France
Died: July 16, 1896

Edmond de Goncourt was a French writer, book publisher, art critic, and literary critic. He is credited with founding the popular French literary organization, the Goncourt Literary Society. Between 1856 and 1875, he published essays on 18th-century art, which helped revive appreciation for the Late Baroque.

 17 Félix Fénéon

Félix Fénéon
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Famous As: Art critic
Birthdate: June 22, 1861
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: February 29, 1944

 18 Champfleury

Champfleury
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Famous As: Art critic
Birthdate: September 17, 1821
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Laon, Aisne, France
Died: December 6, 1889

 19 Jules de Goncourt

Jules de Goncourt
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 17, 1830
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nancy, France
Died: June 20, 1870