January 17, 1849, Gournay, France
died March 27, 1906, Paris
French painter, lithographer, and sculptor known for his scenes of
domestic intimacy and for his portraits of distinguished literary
and artistic personalities, including his friends Alphonse Daudet,
Anatole France, and Paul Verlaine.
In 1870 Carrière entered the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and
after service in the Franco-German War he returned to Paris to study
with one of the leading French academic painters, Alexandre Cabanel.
From 1877 he frequently included his wife in his portrayals of
family groups and pictures of maternity. He employed the rich
colours of Peter PaulRubens and Diego Velázquez until about 1890,
when he began to develop his own distinctive style, which usually
involved figures shrouded in a pearly mist, delicate,predominantly
gray tonalities, and soft modeling.