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Jules LEFEBVRE (1834–1912) - The death of Demosthenes
Jules LEFEBVRE (1834–1912) - The death of Demosthenes - Paintings & Drawings Style Napoléon III Jules LEFEBVRE (1834–1912) - The death of Demosthenes -
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5 800 €
Period :
19th century
Artist :
Jules Joseph LEFEBVRE (1834–1912)
Medium :
Oil on canvas
Dimensions :
L. 18.11 inch X H. 14.96 inch
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Jules LEFEBVRE (1834–1912) - The death of Demosthenes

Jules Joseph LEFEBVRE
(Tournan-en-Brie, 1834 – Paris, 1912)

The death of Demosthenes

Oil on canvas
Signed and dedicated lower left
38x46cm

Son of Toussaint Martin Lefebvre, a baker by profession, and Carole Adélaïde Duval, Jules Joseph Lefebvre was born on March 14, 1834, in Tournan-en-Brie (Seine et Marne).
The family settled sometime later in Amiens, around 1836. Then noticed by his drawing teacher at the municipal school, the city awarded him a scholarship to complete his studies in drawing and painting in Paris. Jules Lefebvre entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1852 in the studio of Léon Cogniet. Nine years later, he won the Grand Prix de Rome in 1861 with his Death of Priam. Many official recognitions and distinctions followed: third class medal in 1865, second class medal in 1868, first class medal in 1870; first class medal at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1878, medal of honor in 1886, grand prize at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1889 and member of the jury at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1900.
On June 26, 1869, Jules Lefebvre married Louise Deslignières, daughter of the architect Alexandre Deslignières, who gave him five children, one of whom was Captain in the long court and the youngest sculptor.
As an excellent representative of academic painting, Jules Lefebvre exhibited at the Paris Salon for more than fifty years and very regularly between 1855 and 1910. In 1891, he was admitted as a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts. Also teaching at the Académie Julian, he was a renowned professor who saw many French and foreign students pass through, including, among others: Georges Rochegrosse, Camille Bourget, Paul Landowski, Fernand Khnopff, William Hart, Childe Hassam, Elisabeth Sonrel, Henri Biva , Louis Valtat, Victor Pierre Ménard… His studio was located at 5, rue de La Bruyère in Paris.

Jules Lefebvre was first of all a great portrait painter of his time with more than seventy portraits exhibited at the Parisian Salons, both portraits of his own family and of the high society of the 19th century, French and foreign, this justifying his presence in the most major international museums. Of particular note in 1874 is a very fine portrait of the Prince Imperial. He was also a renowned nude painter, going so far as to compete with Bouguereau in this field. His best-known work is undoubtedly La Vérité, a naked woman emerging from a well and carrying a mirror at arm's length. But the triumph and official recognition came with his history painting, which offered him his Prix de Rome. Our Death of Demosthenes, even in a modest format, is a good example.
Jules Lefebvre also rubbed shoulders with great decor by painting the Parisian ceilings of the Court of Cassation and the Salon des Lettres of the town hall. His art was internationally renowned, as evidenced by the creation of the ceilings of the Vanderbilt Hotel in New York.

The artist died in Paris on February 24, 1912 following a long illness. He is buried in the Montmartre cemetery in the 14th division, chemin Saint-Eloy. His tomb is the work of the architect Samson and is decorated with a bas-relief of Maurice Lefebvre – his youngest son – and Ernest Dubois. Indeed, Maurice died a year before his father without having been able to finish his father's tomb. It was his teacher Ernest Dubois who completed it in a burst of kindness for the family.

Jules Lefebvre is Commander of the Legion of Honor and Officer of the Order of Academic Palms.

Museums: Cambrai, Amiens, Reims, Paris (ENSBA and Mus. d'Orsay), Valenciennes, Nemours, Auxerre, Compiègne, Melbourne, Chicago, Ghent, Omaha, Saint-Petersburg, Buenos Aires, New-York (MET, Dahesh), Versailles, Pau, Baltimore, Rome, Istanbul, Budapest, Santiago de Chile…

The death of Demosthenes was a subject for the 1879 Prix de Rome competition won by Alfred-Henri Bramtot, then a pupil of Bouguereau.

Jules Lefebvre's canvas is dedicated to Alfred Jean Marie Broquelet (Abbeville, 1861 – 1957). Broquelet is a French lithographer, student at the Académie Julian de Maurou, Fuchs, Bouguereau and Robert-Fleury. It is probably there that he was able to meet Jules Lefebvre then a professor and that they were able to sympathize around their beloved Picardy...

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