Jules Joseph Lefebvre

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Jules Joseph Lefebvre
Jules Joseph Lefebvre (no later than 1903)
Jules Joseph Lefebvre (no later than 1903)
Born (1836-03-14)14 March 1836[1]
Tournan-en-Brie, Seine-et-Marne, France
Died 24 February 1911(1911-02-24) (aged 74)[1][2]
Paris, France
Other names Jules Lefebvre[2]
Occupation Painter
Jules Lefebvre in his studio

Jules Joseph Lefebvre (French: [ʒyl ʒɔzɛf ləfɛːvʁ]) (14 March 1836 – 24 February 1911) was a French figure painter, educator and theorist.

Early life[edit]

Lefebvre was born in Tournan-en-Brie, Seine-et-Marne, on 14 March 1836.[1] He entered the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in 1852 and was a pupil of Léon Cogniet.


He won the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1861. Between 1855 and 1898, he exhibited 72 portraits in the Paris Salon. In 1891, he became a member of the French Académie des Beaux-Arts.

He was professor at the Académie Julian in Paris.[3] Lefebvre is chiefly important as an excellent and sympathetic teacher who numbered many Americans among his 1500 or more pupils. Among his famous students were Fernand Khnopff, Kenyon Cox,[4] Félix Vallotton, Ernst Friedrich von Liphart,[5] Georges Rochegrosse, the Scottish-born landscape painter William Hart, Walter Lofthouse Dean, and Edmund C. Tarbell, who became an American Impressionist painter.[6] Another pupil was the miniaturist Alice Beckington.[7]

Many of his paintings are single figures of beautiful women. Among his best portraits were those of M. L. Reynaud and the Prince Imperial (1874).[4]

Lefebvre died in Paris on 24 February 1911.[1][2]

Significant milestones[edit]

Selected works[edit]

Vittoria Colonna, (1861)
Clémence Isaure
Graziella, 1878 (depicting the protagonist of Alphonse de Lamartine's novel Graziella)

Undated works[edit]


Lefebvre's students included:


  1. ^ a b c d "Art Renewal Center Museum™ Artist Information for Jules Joseph Lefebvre". Art Renewal Center. 
  2. ^ a b c d "A One-Picture Painter". Evening News (13,776). New South Wales, Australia. 3 August 1911. p. 6. Retrieved 6 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  3. ^ a b Collier, Peter; Lethbridge, Robert (1994). Artistic Relations: Literature and the Visual Arts in Nineteenth-century France. London: Yale University Press. p. 50. ISBN 9780300060096. 
  4. ^ a b Oxford Art Online, "Lefebvre, Jules"
  5. ^ Baron Ernst Friedrich von Liphart, Late 19th Century - 19th Century - Russian Artists - Biographies - - RusArtNet.com
  6. ^ Kathleen Luhrs, American Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1980: "... on to Paris and studied for a year at the Académie Julian under Gustave Boulanger and Jules Lefebvre."
  7. ^ Carrie Rebora Barratt; Lori Zabar (1 January 2010). American Portrait Miniatures in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Metropolitan Museum of Art. pp. 244–. ISBN 978-1-58839-357-9. 

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