BORN 15 Jan 1786, Bordeaux, Gironde - DIED 2 Mar 1864, Paris|
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Montmartre Cimetière, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 33)
Jean Alaux was nicknamed 'Le Romain'. He was the son of a painter and he and his three brothers all became painters. He studied under Pierre Lacour and Pierre-Narcisse Guérin. In 1807 he was admitted to the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1815 he won the Prix the Rome and from 1817 to 1821 he lived at the Villa Médicis, where he befriended Ingres.
From 1824 onwards he exhibited at the Salon in Paris. In 1828 he was named chevalier de la Légion d'honneur and he became the favourite painter of king Louis-Philippe. From 1847 to 1852 he was the director of the Académie de France à Rome. In 1851 he was elected into the Académie des beaux-arts. In 1854 Napoleon III commissioned him to decorate the great dome of the Palace of the Senate and he restored frescoes at the Château de Fontainebleau.
was a friend of Ingres, Jean Auguste Dominique
was pupil to Lacour, Pierre