French Artists

French Artists
  • Paul Cézanne
  • Gustave Courbet
  • Jacques-Louis David
  • Edgar Degas
  • Eugène Delacroix
  • Paul Gauguin
  • Claude Monet
  • Auguste Renoir
  • Nicolas Poussin
  • Henri Matisse
  • Antoine Watteau
  • Jean-François Millet
  • Charles Le Brun
  • Jean Fouquet

Jean Fouquet (1416 - 1480)

As founder of the French school of painting, Fouquet is remembered as the most important French painter of his time, during the 15th century. He was born in Tours, where he studied art before moving to further his studies in France’s capital and later in Italy.

He worked on royal commissions as court painter to Charles VII and Louis XI. His work, with marked influences from Flemish painters and also Italian Renaissance painters, was very versatile and ranged from religious pictures, to portraits and miniatures. Manuscript illumination was another area of art in which he also worked considerably.

Some of his most famous paintings include:

  • Man with a Glass of Wine
  • Charles VII of France
  • Wings of the Melun Diptych
  • Madonna and Child