BORN 14 Mar 1836, Tournan-en-Brie, Seine-et-Marne - DIED 24 Feb 1912, Paris|
REAL NAME Lefebvre, Jules Joseph
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 success. 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 1911 in Paris.
was teacher to Böcklin, Hans
was pupil to Cogniet, Léon
was teacher to Denis, Maurice
was teacher to Gardner-Bouguereau, Elizabeth
was teacher to Khnopff, Fernand
was teacher to Tenré, Henry
was teacher to Vogel, Hugo
Beyern, Bertrand, Guide des Cimetières en France, Le Cherche Midi Éditeur, Paris, 1994
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Jules Joseph Lefebvre - Wikipedia