Pierre Puvis de Chavannes

Decorative painter. Born on 14 December 1824 in Lyons, France; died in 24 October 1898 in Paris, France. He studied with Henry Scheffer, Eugene Delacroix, and Thomas Couture, but after two visits to Italy he created his own characteristic style of fresco, distinctly decorative, and according to his canons flat and light in color. Scorned at first, his work is now appreciated for its striking originality. Although essentially modern it suggests Giotto. His most famous works are The Childhood of Saint Genevieve, and two later paintings of the saint, in the Pantheon of Paris, the decoration of the hemicycle of the Sorbonne, and the staircase frescoes of the Boston Public Library. After 1891 he was president of the National Society of French Artists.

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