Emile Friant France

4-16-1863 Dieuze, FRA - 6-9-1932 Paris, FRA

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Friant, Emile

Emile Friant was to sent to the lycée to learn Latin as Madame Parisot intended for him to follow in her husband's footsteps and become a chemist. Meanwhile, friends of his biological father had suggested sending him to a municipal school of art because of his skill with the brush. Because of his poor work at the lycée, Friant requested permission to leave and focus on his art. His father agreed, and the young Friant was placed under the guide of a private tutor who would arrange his academic work so that time remained for painting. Under the guidance of Louis-Théodore Devilly, director of a school in Nancy and a proponent of realism, Friant learned the art of still life and landscape painting.

Emile Friant painted Le petit Friant at the age of 15. It was exhibited in Nancy and quickly became the center of public intrigue. The municipal council granted him permission to travel to Paris a year later. There, he studied under Alexandre Cabanel, who tutored him in creating oil sketches of historical works.

In 1882, Aime Morot, a friend of Friant, encouraged him to debut two of his works at the Salon, The Prodigal Son and Studio Interior. The following year, Friant took second place in the Prix de Rome and again presented at the Salon. With the grant he received from the Salon of 1886, Frian traveled to and studied in the Netherlands.

Emile Friant was appointed a professor of painting in 1923 at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France, promoted to the position of commander in the Legion of Honor, and made a member of the Institut de France.

Movement: Realism
Influences: Alexandre Cabanel, Théodore Devilly
Traveled: Netherlands, Italy
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