Pierre Puvis de Chavannes

December 14, 1824 – October 24, 1898

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes was a French painter, who became the co-founder and president of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts and whose work influenced many other artists. Though his reputation has since declined, he was a prominent painter in the early Third Republic. Émile Zola described his work as "an art made of reason, passion, and will".