Happy Birthday Frederic Bazille!! Impressionist artist, born in 1841, in Montpellier, France, Bazille studied medicine as well as painting in Paris. He was associated with Monet, Renoir and Sisley, becoming close friends and painting “plein air”. He gave up his medical studies to paint full time. He supported Monet for a time and they shared a studio; later he shared studio space with Renoir. He painted landscapes and portraits. Unfortunately Bazille was killed in the Franco-Prussian War in 1870 before truly realizing his talent.