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The long nineteenth century was very fruitful for French painting. The century was full of artistic innovations with the romanticism of Delacroix and the Realism of Courbet and Manet. Between the end of the nineteenth century and the mid-twentieth century there were two exceptionally great moments for French painting.

The spread of Impressionism and the other minor movements that were largely thanks to French artists. Picasso's period of Cubism marked the beginning of a cosmopolitan trend that is now in its pre-eminence thanks to foreign artists who live in France. This also explains what art historians often exclude from the period of ?French painting.' In the twenties and thirties, Paris retained its position as the epicenter of artistic activity in the West and gave a little way to New York. When the Second World War began, French painting was no longer the focus of the avant-garde and it lost its prestige, therefore, the artists who settled in France inspired the various schools of Expressionism and Abstractionism.

French painting from Manet to Picasso cannot be defined only through the works of painters who worked in France from 1870 to the beginning of World War II (although Picasso died in 1973) their subjects, their modes of dissemination and political reception, artistic criticism, the reception from the general public and contemporary artists.
Painting, as a study, was taught at the Royal Academy in the Old Regime and the Academy of Fine Arts after the Revolution. This practice saw a decline after the end of the Napoleonic wars. The advent of the Republic and the loosening of censorship led to the expansion of various methods and saw the development of the more personal and innovative styles.

Since Impressionism, most French artists aspired to integrate art with everyday life. There were trends that leaned toward naturalism. Naturalism depicts the environment, urban or rural landscapes ? or as they later saw-, expressionistic.
At this time, painting in France seemed to develop itself sometimes in the margins of society, in an autonomous sphere, sometimes in harmony with it, illustrating its evolution.

It is important to study the originality of the avant-garde movements and the immigration that has shaped French painting from 1870 to the late 1930s, it is also important to see how the period of French naturalist paintings extend to more or less until the early twentieth century. This provides a representation of a company which has no equivalent in the School of Paris.

The corporate identity of French Painting: institutional changes and the difficulties that pioneers faced:

Born into a very wealthy and old bourgeoisie family, Manet aspired for glory. 1862 proved to be a very good year for Manet, he was pushed through with the encouragement of Legros and Fantin-Latour.
It was normal for the general public to appreciate the usual academic artists who received official orders and whose works were popularized by books.

In the early 1880s, Monet met with great commercial success. And the multiplication of orders allowed him to travel, meanwhile the Impressionist movement erupted after the Impressionist Exhibition of 1886.

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