Happy Birthday Narcisse Diaz de la Pena!! Another French painter, but born in 1807, Pena was a landscape painter and founder of the Barbizon School. A victim of a hard life, he was orphaned at age 10 and by 15 had lost a leg to blood poisoning and was a painter for a porcelain studio. It did not take him long to develop a mature style and begin painting oils. He studied the masters at the Louvre as well as his peers Delacroix and Rousseau. He applied colorful paint quite thickly with texture and was known to be a free spirit.