|ART CRITIC, POLITICIAN (FRANCE)|
BORN 11 Apr 1831, Saintes, Charente-Maritime - DIED 11 May 1888, Paris|
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Montmartre Cimetière, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 18, ligne 01, no. 12 (under the road))
Jules Castagnary wrote for "Le Monde Illustré" and "Le Siècle". He reviewed the art salons in Paris from 1857 to 1879. On 29 April 1874 he wrote a favourable article on the impressionists for "Le Siécle". During the siege of Paris in 1870-1871 he organised provincial republican press.
After the war he started a career as a politician and in 1874 he entered the municipal council of Paris as an anti-clerical republican. In 1881 he became a minister in the Gambetta cabinet in 1881 but it fell in 1882. He was appointed director of the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1887. His biography of Courbet was unfinished when he died in 1888.
Jules-Antoine Castagnary - Wikipedia