Famous French Art Critics

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Charles Baudelaire
(French Poet Known for His Handling of Rhyme & Rhythm and His Book 'Les Fleurs du mal')
Charles Baudelaire
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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.
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Denis Diderot
(French Philosopher, Co-Founder and Chief Editor of the ‘Encyclopédie’)
Denis Diderot
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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.

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Jacqueline Roque
(Best known as the muse and second wife of Pablo Picasso)
Jacqueline Roque
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Birthdate: February 24, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 15, 1986
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 4 
Robbie Ross
(Journalist)
Robbie Ross
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Birthdate: May 25, 1869
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tours, France
Died: October 5, 1918
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Joris-Karl Huysmans
(Art critic, Novelist)
Joris-Karl Huysmans
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Birthdate: February 5, 1848
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 12, 1907
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Louis Aragon
(Former surrealist writer, co-founded with André Breton and Philippe Soupault the surrealist review Littérature)
Louis Aragon
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Birthdate: October 3, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 24, 1982
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Jean Metzinger
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Birthdate: June 24, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nantes, France
Died: November 3, 1956
 8 
Camille Doncieux
(painter, model)
Camille Doncieux
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Birthdate: January 15, 1847
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: September 5, 1879
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Octave Mirbeau
(Novelist)
Octave Mirbeau
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Birthdate: February 16, 1848
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Trévières, France
Died: February 16, 1917
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Léon Werth
(Writer)
Léon Werth
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Birthdate: February 17, 1878
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Remiremont, France
Died: December 13, 1955
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Ambroise Vollard
(Art Dealer)
Ambroise Vollard
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Birthdate: July 3, 1866
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint-Denis, Réunion
Died: July 22, 1939
 12 
Nicolas Bourriaud
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Birthdate: April 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Niort, France
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Maurice Bardèche
(Art critic)
Maurice Bardèche
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Birthdate: October 1, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dun-sur-Auron, France
Died: July 30, 1998
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Louis Leroy
(Painter)
Louis Leroy
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Birthdate: January 1, 1812
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 1, 1885
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Félix Fénéon
(Art critic)
Félix Fénéon
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Birthdate: June 22, 1861
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: February 29, 1944
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Champfleury
(Art critic)
Champfleury
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Birthdate: September 17, 1821
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Laon, Aisne, France
Died: December 6, 1889
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Jules de Goncourt
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Birthdate: December 17, 1830
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nancy, France
Died: June 20, 1870