Émile Friant (French, 1863-1932)
Self Portrait with Palette and Brush
Pen and black ink on paper, 6 1/4 x 4 1/4 in.
Gift of DeCourcy E. McIntosh

When Friant made his debut at the annual Salon in Nancy in 1878, the fifteen-year-old student’s gift was immediately apparent, and he was soon awarded a municipal scholarship for study in Paris. He entered the studio of the famous Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889), but grew disenchanted with his teacher’s severe academic style and returned to Nancy. Friant’s inclination toward naturalism was encouraged by his friendship with other Lorraine artists such as Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848-1884) and Aimé Morot (1850-1913). Friant exhibited extensively and enjoyed a very successful career.