Famous French Realist Painters

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 1 Édouard Manet

Édouard Manet
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 23, 1832
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 30, 1883

Édouard Manet was a French painter who played a key role in the transition to Impressionism from Realism in the 19th-century. Manet was one of the first artists from his generation to paint modern life. His early masterworks, such as Olympia, served as rallying points for young and aspiring impressionist painters. His works continue to influence painters around the world.

 2 Gustave Courbet

Gustave Courbet
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: June 10, 1819
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ornans, France
Died: December 31, 1877
Born to a farmer in eastern France, Gustave Courbet was initially gearing up to study law but later deviated to art. He started by copying Spanish painters and later rebelled against Romanticism, focusing on real-life subjects around him instead and thus developing 19th-century Realism.

 3 William-Adolphe Bouguereau

William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 30, 1825
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: La Rochelle, France
Died: August 19, 1905

William-Adolphe Bouguereau was a French academic painter who enjoyed significant popularity in the United States and France. Renowned for his realistic genre paintings, which focused on the beauty of the female human body, Bouguereau received top prices for his paintings and numerous official honors during his lifetime. 

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 4 Jean-François Millet

Jean-François Millet
Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: October 4, 1814
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gréville-Hague, La Hague, France
Died: January 20, 1875

 5 Gustave Caillebotte

Gustave Caillebotte
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 19, 1848
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 21, 1894

 6 Camille Corot

Camille Corot
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 16, 1796
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 28, 1875

French painter Camille Corot is remembered for his landscape paintings that paved the path for the Impressionist movement. Born into a milliner’s family, Corot was a poor student and shunned his family business to learn painting at 25. His works, however, were easy to replicate and led to many forgeries.

 7 James Tissot

James Tissot
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 15, 1836
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nantes, France
Died: August 8, 1902
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 8 Jules Bastien-Lepage

Jules Bastien-Lepage
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 1, 1848
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Damvillers, France
Died: December 10, 1884

 9 Mati Klarwein

Mati Klarwein
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 9, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: March 7, 2002

 10 Carle Vernet

Carle Vernet
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 14, 1758
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
Died: November 17, 1836

 11 Gaspard Dughet

Gaspard Dughet
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: June 15, 1615
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: May 27, 1675