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Pierre Puvis de Chavannes: Works on Paper and Paintings

The 19th-century painter Pierre Puvis de Chavannes is best known for his murals, which adorn public buildings throughout France (as well as the central branch of the Boston Public Library, the only example outside his native country). Largely self-taught and operating outside of the major movements of his time, he cultivated a classicizing style with a matte, fresco-like palette and finely balanced compositions whose melancholy, ethereal figures interact yet each seem to exist in their own private world. Pierre Puvis de Chavannes: Works on Paper and Paintings, the first monographic exhibition to be devoted to his oeuvre in some 15 years, examines his influence on artists such as Cézanne, Gauguin, Matisse, and Picasso and other artists who today far surpass him in fame.