Eugène Carrière was a French Symbolist painter who worked in the 2nd half of the 19th century. He was friends with Rodin and inspired the likes of Matisse and Picasso. His paintings usually have light themes, such as a mother with a baby, which were inspired on his personal life, but they are eerie and smoky, as if they were showing ghosts in the night.
Eugène Carrière was much influenced by Rubens, whose works he first saw when he was made a prisoner in Dresden at the time of the Franco-Prussian War, in 1870.
About art, and more specifically about Rodin’s works, Eugène Carrière once wrote to a friend: “The work of art is the most sensitive manifestation of the desire imposed on man. A work of Rodin will speak of the power of the loyalty to an inner life; it shows that the combination of our thoughts is the force revealed, that this higher interest is the true practice, that any other one is temporary and miserable. Embellishing life through art is to enrich our knowledge with the connection of man with nature… This also means that only the combination of our thoughts is fruitful for the benefit of preparing a more conscious humanity.” 
See below a selection of Eugène Carrière’s paintings. View more in his official site: