Emile Friant (1863-1932) was a French Realist painter. My biographical information about him is limited by my extremely rusty French. But as much as I can discern, he studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Nancy, and then later in Paris under the great Alexandre Cabanel. As a true Academician, he stressed photographic realism and found critical success at the Universal Exposition at 1889, as well as won second place in the Prix de Rome. His refined craftsmanship can be clearly seen in the works below.
Political Discussion (oil on canvas, 1889).
Wrestling (oil on canvas, 1889, at the Musée Fabre in Montpellier).
Childhood Grief (oil on canvas, 1897).