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Jules Joseph Lefebvre

Aug - 1 - 2013

Jules Joseph LefebvreJules Joseph Lefebvre (Tournan, Gers, March 14, 1836 – Paris, February 24, 1911) was a French figure painter, educator and theorist.She has graced magazine covers, had wine named after her and poems written to her. She has experienced fame and adoration and has won high acclaim from critics. Her career began, like the many models after her, in Paris but she was created and moulded by a Master.

Lefebvre entered the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in 1852 and was a pupil of Léon Cogniet. He won the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1861. Between 1855 and 1898, he exhibited 72 portraits in the Paris Salon. In 1891, he became a member of the French Académie des Beaux-Arts.


Completion Date: 1874
Style: Academicism
Genre: nude painting (nu)

The Grasshopper

The Grasshopper
Completion Date: 1872
Style: Realism
Genre: nude painting (nu)

Chloe’s debut at the Paris Salon – a showcase exhibition for the leading French academic masters and their prize works – was a raging success. Chloe and Lefebvre won the Gold Medal of Honour, the greatest official award to be bestowed on a French artist and the first of three gold medals Chloe was to win. In 1879 she was the central figure in the French Gallery at the Sydney International Exhibition and at the Melbourne International Exhibition of 1880, Chloe scooped the pool, winning both the highest awards and acclamation.

He was an instructor at the Académie Julian in Paris. He is chiefly important as an excellent and sympathetic teacher who numbered many Americans among his 1500 or more pupils. One of his famous students was the Scottish born landscape painter William Hart. Georges Rochegrosse, Félix Vallotton, the Americans Childe Hassam, John Henry Twachtman, John Noble Barlow, Augustus Kenderdine, and Charles A. Platt were also his pupils. He was long a professor at the École des Beaux-Arts. His paintings are usually single figures of beautiful women.

Among his best portraits were those of M. L. Reynaud and the Prince Imperial (1874).

Creator died on 24 February 1911.


Resources on the Internet

The artist’s works

A small biography of the artist and his works

Jules-Joseph Lefebvre-A long article

Jules Joseph Lefebvre- The English-language Wikipedia


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