Bazille was an unenthusiastic medical student before his wealthy parents permitted him to study oil painting. While a student in Paris, he met Monet and Renoir, with whom he worked, traveled, and shared his studio when they could not afford their own. He exhibited at the Salons of 1866 and 1868; in the latter, his Family Reunion (Louvre, Paris) had some success. As an oil painter he combined a certain naivete with a delicate feeling for nature and an exquisite sense of color. His landscape figures are strangely immobile and have a sculptural, hard-edge quality. Frederic Bazille, who seemed destined to occupy a prominent place among the Impressionists, was killed in the Franco-German War.
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