Appian, Adolphe

BORN 28 Aug 1818, Lyon - DIED 29 Apr 1898, Lyon
BIRTH NAME Appian, Jacques Barthélemy
GRAVE LOCATION Lyon: Cimetière de Loyasse, 43, rue du Cardinal-Gerlier (allée 74)

Adolphe Appian studied at the École de Dessin et Beaux-Arts in Lyon, where he was taught by Jean-Michel Grobon (1770-1853). In 1851 he debuted at the Salon of Lyon with three paintings. In 1852 he moved to Crémieu, where he painted the region. He befriended Corot and Daubigny and they influenced his work.

From 1853 onwards he exhibited all over France. In 1854 he first visited Fontainebleau, where he would often return to. In 1861 he moved to Creys. In 1866 the two works he exhibited in Paris were bought by Napoleon III and by princess Mathilde. In 1868 he received a gold medal at the Salon in Paris. From 1871 until the early nineties he often visited the mediterranean coast. In 1894 he recieved a gold medal at the Exposition Internationale in Lyon. Towards the end of his life the sales of his paintings started to decline and in 1896 his only son Louis died.

Related persons
• was a friend of Corot, Camille
• was a friend of Daubigny, Charles-François


The grave of Adolphe Appian at the Loyasse cimetière, Lyon.
Picture by Androom (03 Dec 2007)


• Beyern, Bertrand, Guide des tombes d'hommes célèbres, Le Cherche Midi, Paris, 2003

Appleby, Mel

Published: 13 Jul 2008
Last update: 16 May 2020