Lefebvre, Jules

PAINTER (FRANCE)
BORN 14 Mar 1836, Tournan-en-Brie, Seine-et-Marne - DIED 24 Feb 1912, Paris
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Montmartre Cimetière, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 14)

Jules Lefebvre was the son of a baker. His father sent him to Paris to study with Léon Cogniet in 1852 and he entered the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts soon afterwards. In 1855 he debuted at the Salon in Paris. In 1861 he was awarded the Prix de Rome after he had finished second in 1859. In Rome he studied the Italian masters and in 1863 he painted his first female nude.

In 1866 his painting "Cornelia, Mother of the Gracchi" was severely criticised and in the same year both his parents and one of his sisters died. He sank into a depression but emerged from it and returned to Paris. Further nudes met with more succes. He exhibited in the Salon in Paris for many more years. He also worked as a professor at the Académie Julian in Paris since 1870 and Fernand Khnopff and Félix Valloton where among his pupils. In 1874 he painted the Prince Imperial.

He became a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 1891 and in 1898 he became a Commander in the Legion of Honor. He died in 1912 in Paris.

Related persons
• was teacher to Böcklin, Hans
• was teacher to Denis, Maurice
• was teacher to Khnopff, Fernand
• was teacher to Tenré, Henry
• was teacher to Vogel, Hugo

Sources
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
• Beyern, Bertrand, Guide des Cimetières en France, Le Cherche Midi Éditeur, Paris, 1994
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jules_Joseph_Lefebvre

Images

The grave of Jules Lefebvre at the Cimetière Montmartre, Paris.
Picture by Androom (20 Feb 2016)

 

The grave of Jules Lefebvre at the Cimetière Montmartre, Paris.
Picture by Androom (20 Feb 2016)

 


Lefuel, Hector

Published: 3 Apr 2016
Last update: 18 Dec 2016