Founded in June 2020, the Émile Friant Association (A.E.F.) is a non-profit organization for the study and promotion of the art of Émile Friant (1863-1932), the naturalist painter from Lorraine. Its goal is to also conduct research for the publication of the upcoming online Catalogue raisonné des tableaux, pastels, gouaches et aquarelles of the artist.

The originality of the association relies on the people that compose its board of directors. From various nationalities and professional backgrounds – collectors, gallerists, experts in drawings and paintings from the 19th century, art historians – they put their wide array of points of view, skills and approaches at the service of the Association.


Eric WEIDER Biography
Nelly NOËL
Jean-Sébastien BERTRAND Biography

Pascale PAVAGEAU Biography
Polly SARTORI, USA contact Biography

Goals of the Association

Introduce the art of Émile Friant to a large public -amateurs, scholars, university professors, historians- thus allowing him to reach the rank he deserves in the history of 19th century French art.

Research and archival work by the members, with the help of the existing scholarship.

Create a database in compliance with the standards and methodology established by our two experts in art history, for the production of the catalogue raisonné.

Develop the catalogue raisonné of the paintings, pastels, gouaches and watercolors by Émile Friant.

Organize and partake in thematic exhibitions, conferences and other endeavors aimed at promoting the art of the painter in both Europe and the US.

Update and enrich regularly the website, which will make the information accessible to the widest audience possible.

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Translated from French to English by Ms Agnès Penot