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Marie-François Firmin-Girard

Marie-Francçois Firmin-Girard
Marie-François Firmin-Girard (or perhaps more correctly, François-Marie Firmin-Girard) was a French painter active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

He studied for a time with Charles Gleyre (in whose Paris studio three of the founding Impressionists would later meet), and then with academic mainstay Jean-Léon Gérôme.

After a successful debut at the Paris Salon, Firmin-Girard quickly achieved success, though his later career was impacted by the events of the Franco-Prussian war and the political turmoil that followed.

Firmin-Girard doesn’t appear to have been influenced by the Impressionist move to broken color and overt brush marks, but he did take inspiration in the influence Japanese art was having on the artists in Paris in the latter part of the 19th century.


4 responses to “Marie-François Firmin-Girard”

  1. ælle Avatar

    Being a French male his name should be François-Marie Firmin-Girard.
    The Catholic name Marie usually was added/given at baptism to equally boys and girls before the 1950s.

    1. Thanks, ælle. I thought so. Because this is the way his name is listed on the majority of websites that mention him, I followed suit to make it easier for other readers to find more information and images with searches. However, your comment has prompted me to add the alternate order of his name to the post.

  2. ælle Avatar

    Marie = Mary = Maria(h), including variations in English and different languages.

  3. ælle Avatar

    You’re welcome, Charley.
    The following introduction link ( in French) he is just Firmin-Girard and in the second last paragraph he is François Marie. Merci beaucoup.