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Have you ever wondered how you would look if your portrait were painted by a close friend? Twenty something Renoir (1841-1919), here an aspiring Parisian artist in 1867, must have approved of his portrayal by his colleague and comrade Frederic Bazille (1841-1870). For he kept this gift from Bazille for the rest of his life.
Renoir is now a household name, renowned along with Monet and Degas, as one of the icons of Impressionism. But what happened to Bazille whose unusual self-portrait of 1865 (currently in the collection of The Art Institute of Chicago) is seen below?
He was killed only three years after completing Renoir’s portrait, a casualty at age 28 of the Franco-Prussian War. And like any talented artist who suffers a premature death, his potential creativity will always remain a question.
Source of article is from biographies of Bazille and Renoir.
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