Jean Frédéric Bazille was born on December 6, 1841 in Montpellier, Hérault (France), into a middle-class Protestant family, Bazille began studying medicine in 1862 when he met Pierre-Auguste Renoir and was drawn to impressionist painting.
His friends included Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, and Édouard Manet. Born to a wealthy family, Bazille helped support some of these artists by giving them space in his studio and materials to use.
Bazille was just 23 years old when he painted several of his most famous works, including The Pink Dress. His best known painting is a Family Reunion (1867-1868).
Frédéric Bazille's career was cut short as he was killed in action in Beaune-la-Rolande, Loiret during the Franco-Prussian War on November 28,1870.