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Famous Art Critics from France

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List of notable or famous art critics from France, with bios and photos, including the top art critics born in France and even some popular art critics who immigrated to France. If you're trying to find out the names of famous French art critics then this list is the perfect resource for you. These art critics are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known art critic from France is included when available.

Examples include Charles Baudelaire and Guillaume Apollinaire.

This historic art critics from France list can help answer the questions "Who are some French art critics of note?" and "Who are the most famous art critics from France?" These prominent art critics of France may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected French art critics.

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    Gabriel-Albert Aurier (5 May 1865 – 5 October 1892) was a French poet, art critic and painter, associated with the Symbolist movement....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 27 (1865-1892)
    • Birthplace: Châteauroux, France
  • André Salmon (4 October 1881, Paris – 12 March 1969, Sanary-sur-Mer) was a French poet, art critic and writer. He was one of the early defenders of Cubism, with Guillaume Apollinaire and Maurice Raynal. ...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 87 (1881-1969)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
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    Camille Mauclair

    Séverin Faust (December 29, 1872, Paris – April 23, 1945), better known by his pseudonym Camille Mauclair, was a French poet, novelist, biographer, travel writer, and art critic.Mauclair was a great admirer of Stéphane Mallarmé, to whom he dedicated several works, and of Maurice Maeterlinck. He was initially a poet and novelist. His poetry attracted some attention and was set to music by Ernest Bloch, Gustave Charpentier, and Ernest Chausson and Nadia Boulanger. His best-known novel is Le Soleil des morts (1898), a roman à clef containing fictionalized portraits of leading avant-garde writers, artists, and musicians of the 1890s, which has been recognized as an important historical document...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 72 (1872-1945)
    • Birthplace: France
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    Jules François Felix Fleury-Husson (17 September 1821, Laon, Aisne – 6 December 1889, Sèvres), who wrote under the name Champfleury, was a French art critic and novelist, a prominent supporter of the Realist movement in painting and fiction. In 1843 Fleury-Husson moved to Paris. He met Charles Baudelaire and the next year started writing art criticism under the pen-name "Champfleury" for the journal L'Artiste. He was one of the first to promote the work of Gustave Courbet, in an article appearing in an issue of Le Pamphlet in 1848. In 1850, during a time when the Spanish school was still largely ignored, he advocated the work of El Greco. He wrote about the Le Nain brothers and Maurice...  more
    • Age: 201
    • Birthplace: Laon, France