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Narcisse Virgile Diaz de la Peña

French painter and printmaker

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
Born of Spanish parents, Diaz spent much of his early life studying to be a porcelain painter, and later a painter of historical scenes. Eventually, he visited the Forest of Fontainebleau, and became influenced by Théodore Rousseau and the Barbizon School. Diaz's landscapes, although naturalistic, retained classical influences yet contained brilliant colors, and these as well as his mythic paintings were exhibited at the Salons in the 1830s. In the 1850s, Diaz often painted gypsies in picturesque settings with shimmering light. His work was influential on the Impressionists, particularly Monet and Renoir.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500008285.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to Narcisse Virgile Diaz de la Peña:

Narcisse Virgile Diaz de la Peña Imposture, 19th century Lithograph
Narcisse Virgile Diaz de la Peña The Widow (La Veuve), 19th century Lithograph
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