Artist. Born in Paris, France, he was a naturalist noted for his beautiful paintings of landscapes. After receiving traditional artistic training in Paris, he established his own style of landscape painting, working directly from nature near the village of Barbizon, France. He became the leader of a group of artists and founded the Barbizon School in the 1840s. Although he didn't achieve critical acceptance until late in life, he was admired by other painters, including the first generation of Impressionists. Some of his most significant works included "Under the Birches, Evening" (1842), "Hoarfrost" (1845), "Edge of the Forest of Fontainebleau, Sunset" (1848), "The Little Fisherman" (1848) and "The Oaks of Apremont" (1850). He died at age 55 in Barbizon, France.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith