Charles Auguste Emile Durand

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Charles Auguste Emile Durand

French Academic Classical painter

Born 7/4/1838 - Died 1917

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CAROLUS-DURAN, the name adopted by the French painter Charles-Auguste-Emile Durand (1837-1917), who was born at Lille on the 4th of July 1837. He studied at the Lille Academy and then went to Paris, and in 1861 to Italy and Spain for further study, especially devoting himself to the pictures of Velazquez. His subject picture Murdered, or The Assassination (1866), was one of his first successes, and is now in thLille museum, but he became best known afterwards as a portrait painter, and as the head of one of the principal ateliers in Paris, where some of the most brilliant artists of a later generation were his pupils [such as the great American portrait painter, John Singer Sargent]. His Lady with the Glove (1869), a portrait of his own wife, was bought for the Luxembourg. In 1889 he was made a commander of the Legion of Honor. He became a member of the Academie des Beaux-arts in 1904, and in the next year was appointed director of the French academy at Rome in succession to Eugene Guillaume.

Source: Entry on the artist in the 1911 Edition Encyclopedia.


apprentice of

  • Souchon, Francois (1787-1857)

teacher of


commander of

  • Legion d'Honneur from 1889

director of

  • Academy of France at Rome from 1905

member of

  • Academie des Beaux-Arts from 1904

student at

  • Lille Academy

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Paris 7 July 83


I deeply regret to be the cause of a further expense, but since I do not at all agree with you regarding my portrait, I would be obliged if you would accept to have another done. In order to facilitate the work, I shall send you next Tuesday a drawing I made and that I can't send immediately as I am leaving immediately for the country. My friend Claretie just wrote to inform me that you have the manuscript in your hands and that you would agree to communicate it to me. I would be very much obliged if you could send it Monday during the day to my studio; it should be remitted to the door-keeper. I shall read it and send it back as soon as possible. Please accept, Sir, my distinguished compliments.

Carolus Duran

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