Émile Friant (1863-1932) was a French realist painter born in the small town of Dieuze, twenty-five miles northeast of Nancy, in eastern France. In his teenage years, Émile studied under Louis Theodore Devilly, the director of the school of drawing in Nancy and an advocate of realism.
Friant gained high praise during his lifetime for his naturalistic style of painting. Several honors to his name included winning the grand prize at the Paris Salon in 1889, the gold medal at the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris, and the ribbon of the Legion of Honor that same year.
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