Emile FRIANT ✿

Émile Friant (1863-1932) was a French artist, was born in the commune of Dieuze. He would later be forced to flee to Nancy by the encroachment of the Kingdom of Prussia's soldiers. He exhibited paintings throughout his lifetime at the Paris Salon. Student at the École des Beaux-Arts in Nancy, he moved to Paris where he attended the atelier of Alexandre Cabanel.
His works inspired by everyday life and carried out with careful naturalism met with great success, earning him the Grand Prix de Rome in 1883 and the gold medal in 1889 at the Universal Exposition in Paris.

He participates in the renewal of the decorative arts initiated by the Nancy school of whose committee he has been a member since 1901 and since 1906 he has taught at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1923 he became professor of painting at the École des Beaux-Arts. He is awarded the Legion of Honor and elected a member of the Institut de France. He dies suddenly in 1932.

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