French painters have been renowned for centuries, since French art is one of the most important in the world.
Already during the Renaissance, French painters produced great masterpieces that are still very famous. We can mention for example, Louis Poisson, François Dubois or even Ponce Jacquiot.
The 18th Century was marked by several big names in French painting like De Beaugrand, Poussin, Lorrain, but also Boucher and Fragonard.
But it was from the 19th Century and the increase of artistic movements that French painters were known. At the beginning of the century, Neoclassicism was very important and influenced by the work of artists such as David, Gros or even Ingres.
The 19th Century was also the century of Romanticism, Realism and Impressionism : We can mention among painters of Romanticism Géricault or Delacroix, Corot, Courbet and Millet for Realism and Pissarro, Manet, Monet, Renoir or Degas for Impressionism, which was certainly one of the most important artistic movements of this century.
However, the 20th Century is not to be outdone since great French painters expressed themselves through painting during this period: Matisse, Vlaminck or even Braque for Fauvism, Chagall (a painter living in France and who became a naturalized French citizen in 1937) and Boitel for the School of Paris or even Delaunay and Bazaine for lyrical Abstraction.
Today, French painters are the still the reason of France’s renown and are exhibited in major museums around the world, among which we can mention the Louvre Museum, Paris, the Wallace Collection, London, or even the Museum of Modern Art, New York.