Francois Auguste Biard - Fight with Polar Bears
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by François-Auguste Biard, 1840
François-Auguste Biard (Lyon, 29 June 1799 – Les Plâtreries, Samois-sur-Seine, 20 June 1882) was a French genre painter.
His painting, Scenes on the Coast of Africa, was the inspiration behind Isaac Julien's short film The Attendant (1993). Biard was a known abolitionist against the Atlantic slave trade. He travelled extensively around the world. He was particularly successful in rendering burlesque groups like in Sea Sickness on a British Corvet (Dallas Museum of Art).
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Wood, James, ed. (1907). "Biard, Auguste François". The Nuttall Encyclopædia. London and New York: Frederick Warne.