It's said 'A picture speaks a million words'. Perhaps, this is the reason why painting has been a popular form since time immemorial. The world has produced hundreds of painters, who introduced different styles of art such as modernism and impressionism. Like many European countries, France too has no dearth of individuals known for their virtuosity on the canvas. French painters from the medieval ages were well known for incorporating light in their work to make the paintings seem realistic. One common example seen in many of them was the use of sun rays as a way of illuminating the room. Many renowned photographers claim that they owe their knowledge of light to legendary painters, and the use of light in their work. France has produced some of the world’s finest painters such as Eugène Carrière, Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, and Jean Bardin. Eugene in particular was famous for his self-portrait and the masterpiece ‘Woman leaning on a table’. Many of these paintings are displayed at various museums and art galleries. Tourists continue to flock these places to see these great pieces of art even today. We present to you a collection of biographies of some of the most famous French painters. Find out all about their life stories, timelines and also few interesting facts & trivia related to their lives.

Vincent van GoghVincent van Gogh
30 March 1853
Painter
Claude MonetClaude Monet
14 November 1840
Painter

Henri MatisseHenri Matisse
31 December 1869
Painter, Sculptor

Henri de Toulouse-LautrecHenri de Toulouse-Lautrec
24 November 1864
Painter

Paul GauguinPaul Gauguin
07 June 1848
Artist - Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Engraving

Le CorbusierLe Corbusier
06 October 1887
Architect
Paul CezannePaul Cezanne
19 January 1839
French artist

Marcel DuchampMarcel Duchamp
28 July 1887
Artist

Jade JaggerJade Jagger
21 October 1971
Model
Édouard ManetÉdouard Manet
23 January 1832
Artist

Pierre-Auguste RenoirPierre-Auguste Renoir
25 February 1841
Painter
Marc ChagallMarc Chagall
06 July 1887
Artist

Edgar DegasEdgar Degas
19 July 1834
Impressionist Painter

Jacques-Louis DavidJacques-Louis David
30 August 1748
Neoclassical Style Painter

Georges SeuratGeorges Seurat
02 December 1859
Painter

Eugène DelacroixEugène Delacroix
26 April 1798
Painter
Édouard-Henri AvrilÉdouard-Henri Avril
21 May 1849
Painter

Gustave CourbetGustave Courbet
10 June 1819
Painter

William-Adolphe BouguereauWilliam-Adolphe Bouguereau
30 November 1825
Painter

Marie TussaudMarie Tussaud
01 December 1761
Artist
Henri Cartier-BressonHenri Cartier-Bresson
22 August 1908
Photographer and Painter

Camille PissarroCamille Pissarro
10 July 1830
Painter, Printmaker
Louise BourgeoisLouise Bourgeois
25 December 1911
Artist

Nicolas PoussinNicolas Poussin
15 June 1594
French Painter

Louis DaguerreLouis Daguerre
18 November 1787
Artist
Micheline RoquebruneMicheline Roquebrune
1929 AD
Wife of Sir Sean Connery

Niki de Saint PhalleNiki de Saint Phalle
29 October 1930
Sculptor
Sonia DelaunaySonia Delaunay
14 November 1885
Artist

Paul SignacPaul Signac
11 November 1863
Painter

Camille CorotCamille Corot
16 July 1796
French painter
Fernand LégerFernand Léger
04 February 1881
Cubist Painter

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Pierre BonnardPierre Bonnard
03 October 1867
Painter
Charles Le BrunCharles Le Brun
24 February 1619
Painter

Jean FouquetJean Fouquet
1420 AD
Painter

Louis AnquetinLouis Anquetin
26 January 1861
Painter
Edmond Aman-JeanEdmond Aman-Jean
13 January 1858
French symbolist painter
TarrareTarrare
1772 AD
Showman

Robert ClaryRobert Clary
01 March 1926
Actor

Jean GiraudJean Giraud
08 May 1938
Caricaturist, Comics writer, Screenwriter, Science

Gustave DoréGustave Doré
 
Françoise GilotFrançoise Gilot
26 November 1921
Painter, Choreographer, Model

Amanda LearAmanda Lear
18 November 1946
Painter, Singer, Actor, Model, Composer

Paloma PicassoPaloma Picasso
19 April 1949
Entrepreneur, Choreographer, Painter, Jewellery

Dora MaarDora Maar
22 November 1907
Photographer, Artist, Painter, Poet,

Jean Auguste Dominique IngresJean Auguste Dominique Ingres
29 August 1780
Painter
Henri RousseauHenri Rousseau
21 May 1844
Painter, Visual artist, Artist

Georges BraqueGeorges Braque
13 May 1882
Sculptor, Painter, Engraver
Jean-Léon GérômeJean-Léon Gérôme
 

Alexandre CabanelAlexandre Cabanel
28 September 1823
Painter, University teacher

Frédéric Auguste BartholdiFrédéric Auguste Bartholdi
02 August 1834
Sculptor, Architect
Yves KleinYves Klein
28 April 1928
Painter

Berthe MorisotBerthe Morisot
14 January 1841
Painter
René GoscinnyRené Goscinny
14 August 1926
Editor, Film director, Comics writer, Film

Élisabeth Vigée-LebrunÉlisabeth Vigée-Lebrun
16 April 1755
Painter

Jean MaraisJean Marais
11 December 1913
Film actor, Actor, Sculptor, Painter, Theatre

Théodore GéricaultThéodore Géricault
 

Mr. BrainwashMr. Brainwash
1966 AD
Artist
Jean-François MilletJean-François Millet
04 October 1814
Shepherd, Plowman, Painter, Engraver, Draftsperson

Rosa BonheurRosa Bonheur
16 March 1822
Painter, Sculptor

Joseph DucreuxJoseph Ducreux
26 June 1735
Painter

Gustave CaillebotteGustave Caillebotte
19 August 1848
Painter, Art collector, Patron of the arts,
Odilon RedonOdilon Redon
20 April 1840
Painter, Illustrator, Printmaker

François BoucherFrançois Boucher
29 September 1703
Painter, Engraver
Jean-Honoré FragonardJean-Honoré Fragonard
 

Albert UderzoAlbert Uderzo
25 April 1927
Comics artist, Painter, Screenwriter

Victor VasarelyVictor Vasarely
09 April 1906
Painter, Visual artist, Sculptor
Andre DerainAndre Derain
10 June 1880
 

James TissotJames Tissot
15 October 1836
Painter
Pierre SoulagesPierre Soulages
24 December 1919
Painter, Copperplate engraver, Sculptor

BalthusBalthus
29 February 1908
Painter, Artist

Robert DelaunayRobert Delaunay
12 April 1885
Painter, Artist
Gustave MoreauGustave Moreau
06 April 1826
Illustrator

Suzanne ValadonSuzanne Valadon
23 September 1865
Painter, Art model, Model
Jean-Antoine WatteauJean-Antoine Watteau
1684 AD
Painter

Honoré DaumierHonoré Daumier
26 February 1808
Painter, Draftsperson, Caricaturist, Sculptor,

Boris VianBoris Vian
10 March 1920
Polymath, Singer, Poet, Trumpeter, Lyricist,

ErtéErté
23 November 1892
Artist
Jean DubuffetJean Dubuffet
31 July 1901
Painter, Sculptor, Visual artist, Writer
Yves TanguyYves Tanguy
05 January 1900
Painter, Draughtsperson

Jean ArpJean Arp
16 September 1886
Sculptor

Claude LorrainClaude Lorrain
1600 AD
Artist

Jean-Baptiste-Siméon ChardinJean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin
02 November 1699
Painter, Artist
Francis PicabiaFrancis Picabia
22 January 1879
Painter, Writer, Screenwriter, Poet

Adah Isaacs MenkenAdah Isaacs Menken
15 June 1835
Actress

Georges de La TourGeorges de La Tour
13 March 1593
Painter

Natalia GoncharovaNatalia Goncharova
03 June 1881
painter, choreographer

Gao XingjianGao Xingjian
04 January 1940
Writer, Painter, Translator, Novelist, Playwright,
Prosper MériméeProsper Mérimée
28 September 1803
Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Historian,

Paul DelarochePaul Delaroche
17 July 1797
Painter, Artist
Enki BilalEnki Bilal
07 October 1951
Comics artist, Film director, Illustrator,

Jean MetzingerJean Metzinger
24 June 1883
Painter
Max JacobMax Jacob
12 July 1876
Painter, Poet, Writer, Literary critic
Édouard VuillardÉdouard Vuillard
11 November 1868
Painter