Emile Friant Biography | Oil Painting Reproductions
4-16-1863 Dieuze, FRA - 6-9-1932 Paris, FRABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Emile Friant mother worked as a dressmaker and she and Emile lived with the Parisot family, who had no children and treated him maternally, she intended for him to a chemist like her husband. Meanwhile, friends of his real father suggested sending him to a municipal school of art because of his artistic skills. Because of his poor grades at the lycée, Friant requested to leave and focus on his art. His father agreed, and the young Friant was placed with a private tutor who arranged his academic time and painting time. Later under the direction of Louis-Théodore Devilly, the principal of a school in Nancy and a big supporter of Realism art, Friant learned the still life and landscape painting.
Emile Friant painted Le Petit Friant when he was only15. It was exhibited in Nancy and became the center of public intrigue. The town council gave him permission to travel to Paris a year later to expand his art studies. In Paris, 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 Portrait Of Sculptor Ernest Bussiere (Interior of the Studio) The next year, Friant again presented at the Salon and took second place in the prestigious Prix de Rome. With the grant he received from the Salon of 1886, Friant 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, promoted to the position of Commander in the Legion of Honor, and made a member of the Institut de France.
Art Movement: Realism.
Artists Influencing Emile Friant: Alexandre Cabanel, Théodore Devilly.
He Traveled To Netherlands, Italy.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.