Famous French Realist Painters

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Gustave Courbet
(French Painter and Leader of the 19th Century Realist Movement)
Gustave Courbet
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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.
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William-Adolphe Bouguereau
(French Academic Painter Best Known for His Works: ‘The Birth of Venus’ and ‘The Bohemian’)
William-Adolphe Bouguereau
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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. 

Jean-François Millet
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Birthdate: October 4, 1814
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gréville-Hague, La Hague, France
Died: January 20, 1875
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Joseph Ducreux
(Former Painter who was a successful portraitist at the court of Louis XVI of France)
Joseph Ducreux
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Birthdate: June 26, 1735
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nancy, France
Died: July 24, 1802
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Gustave Caillebotte
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Birthdate: August 19, 1848
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 21, 1894
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Camille Corot
(French Landscape and Portrait Painter)
Camille Corot
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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.

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James Tissot
(Painter)
James Tissot
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Birthdate: October 15, 1836
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nantes, France
Died: August 8, 1902
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Jules Bastien-Lepage
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Birthdate: November 1, 1848
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Damvillers, France
Died: December 10, 1884
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Théodore Rousseau
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Birthdate: April 15, 1812
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 22, 1867
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Mati Klarwein
(Painter)
Mati Klarwein
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Birthdate: April 9, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: March 7, 2002
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Émile Friant
(Former Artist known for painting, sculpture)
Émile Friant
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Birthdate: April 16, 1863
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dieuze, France
Died: June 9, 1932
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Carle Vernet
(Painter)
Carle Vernet
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Birthdate: August 14, 1758
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
Died: November 17, 1836
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Gaspard Dughet
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Birthdate: June 15, 1615
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: May 27, 1675