Pierre Puvis de Chavannes was a French Symbolist painter known for both his murals and works on canvas. The pale colors and Classical subject matter seen in his seminal work The Sacred Grove (1884), was largely influenced by studying the frescos of both Giotto and Piero della Francesca. He studied under Thomas Couture and Eugène Delacroix in Paris, developing a style of simplified shapes and nuanced color. During the 1850s, Puvis befriended Edgar Degas, who shared his interest in melding antiquity with a modern sensibility towards painting. Over the following decades, the artist exhibited at the Salon and developed a number of patrons in both Europe and America. Influencing a generation of younger artists such as Paul Gauguin and Maurice Denis, Puvis’s work was widely acclaimed, appealing to both conservative and avant-garde painters alike.