Jules Joseph Lefebvre Portrait

Jules Joseph Lefebvre Biography


French Academic Classicism Painter

Jules Joseph Lefebvre (Tournan, March 14, 1836 - Paris, February 24, 1911) was a French Academic Painter.

Entered the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts en 1852, and was a pupil of Leon Cogniet. Lefebvre 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 Academie des Beaux-Arts.

He was an instructor at the Academie Julian in Paris. He is chiefly important as an excellent and sympathetic teacher who numbered many Americans among his 1500 or more pupils. One of his famous students was the Scottish born landscape painter William Hart. Georges Rochegrosse and John Noble Barlow were also his pupils. He was long a professor at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.

His paintings are usually single figures of beautiful women.

Among his best portraits were those of M. L. Reynaud and the Prince Imperial (1874). Among his many decorations were a first-class medal at the Paris Exhibition of 1878 and the medal of honor in 1886. He was a Commander of the Legion of Honor and a member of the Institute.