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(Born Limoges, 25 February 1841; died Cagnes-sur-Mer, 3 December 1919). French Impressionist painter. He was born into a poor family and in 1854, aged 13, he began employment as a painter in a porcelain factory in Paris, gaining experience with the light, fresh colours that were to distinguish his Impressionist work and also learning the importance of good craftsmanship. His predilection for light-hearted themes was also influenced by the great Rococo masters, whose work he studied in the Louvre.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)