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Eugène Carrière
Modern (19th century-1945) Painting
(Gournay, France, January 27, 1849 - March 27, 1906, Paris, France)

One of nine children of a poor salesman, Eugène Carrière was born in Gournay, Seine-et-Oise, France on January 27, 1849. He was raised in Strasbourg, and after studying design at the Ecole Municipale de Dessin there, he produced a small amount of commercial art. Yearning to be more than just an artisan, Carrière went to Paris. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and then worked in the atelier of Alexandre Cabanel. Not until after the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1, during which Carrière was taken prisoner, did his artistic career really begin. He exhibited at the Salon for the first time in 1878 but received little recognition. Then his brother got him part time work in the Sèvres Porcelain Factory from 1880-5. There, Carrière met Auguste Rodin, and the two became great friends. At the 1884 Salon, Carrière received an honorable mention, and the influential critic Roger Marx became a champion of his work.

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