(b. Jan. 19, 1839, Aix-en-Provence, Fr.--d. Oct. 22, 1906, Aix-en-Provence)
French painter, one of the greatest of the Postimpressionists, whose
works and ideas were influential in the aesthetic development of many
20th-century artists and art movements, especially
art, misunderstood and discredited by the public during most of his
life, grew out of
and eventually challenged all the
conventional values of painting in the 19th century through its
insistence on personal expression and on the integrity of the painting
itself. He has been called the father of modern painting.
[Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1994]
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