Happy Birthday Pierre Puvis de Chavannes!! This French painter was born in 1824. He was an inspiration to many Post and Neo-impressionists, in part, because of his experimentation with light. He attempted to recreate the beautiful glowing light achieved in the Italian frescoes, with oils. His flat, pale decorative canvases can be founds on many French Town Halls, official buildings including the Pantheon in Paris and the Library in Boston. Chavannes was admired for his symbolism, bright light and great architectural settings. Christian Inspiration, oil on paper, mounted on canvas, is located in the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C.