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The French-Italian painter Frédéric Soulacroix is one of the most renowned painters of the 20th century. He was a pioneer of expressionism and a leading figure in the European modernist movement. However, his work was not always as popular as he would have liked. 

In his early career, Soulacroix painted numerous historical subjects. He was commissioned by the Bishop of Boulogne-sur-Mer to decorate the dome and side chapels of the Notre Dame Cathedral. He married Giacinta Diofebo in Rome in 1852 and set up his studio there. There, he specialized in paintings of eighteenth-century costumed figures and fine satin fabrics.

Soulacroix studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He later trained under the famous sculptors A.A. Dumont, E.J. Ramey, and Dumont. He was a prolific artist and exhibited in many galleries. His work became increasingly popular in the United States and England. He also mixed with high society in Florence, where he was commissioned to paint Queen Margherita of Italy. After his death, he was married to Prince Urbano Chiaramonti, who died in Casena in 1933.

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