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The son of the well known painter and sculptor Charles (Montpellier, 1825-Firenze, 1899) and of Giacinta Diofebo, F. lived until spring 1863 in Rome and later in Boulogne-sur-Mer (where his father Charles was painting the frescoes of the local cathedral), in Paris and, since 1870, in Italy in Firenze. In 1873, at 15, Frédéric enters the “Accademia di Belle Arti” of Firenze and in October 1876 is admitted to the “Scuola di Pittura”.
1890: June the 6th, he marries in Florence Julie Fernande Blanc. They live in Piazza Donatello, 21 in a charming house with rear garden they acquire. Firenze sees the birth of four boys: Olivier, George, Gabriel and a girl, Amélie Florence.
1924: Nominated “Officer d’Academie” by the French Authorities.
1933: Dies in Cesena (I) by his daughter Amélie Florence, married in 1924 to prince Urbano Chiaramonti, nephew of Pope Pius the VII. Buried in the Chiaramonti tomb.
An artist who enjoyed an enormous success, his paintings were mainly for private customers coming from USA, England, Germany (Munich especially), South America, Canada.
He made a portrait of the Queen Margherita wife of King Umberto I of Italy and those of the King of Siam and his brother Prince Sanbasaska.
March 11th, 2013
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