Alexandre Cabanel

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Alexandre Cabanel

French Academic Classical painter and teacher

Born circa 1823 - Died circa 1889

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CABANEL, ALEXANDRE (1823-1889), French painter, was born at Montpellier, and studied in Paris, gaining the Prix de Rome in 1845. His pictures soon attracted attention, and by his Birth of Venus (1863), now in the Luxembourg, he became famous, being elected that year to the Institute. He became the most popular portrait painter of the day, and his pupils included a number of famous artists.

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


June 15, '86

Dear Sir,

I would be very happy if you would visit me together with the person you talked to me about. I would even wish that you would come as early as possible since two of my paintings will soon be gone.
If ever you could come over to-morrow around 4 p.m. you would be sure to find me. If this hour was not convenient to you, we could put it on Thursday between 10 and 11 a.m.
Alexandre Cabanel.

Image courtesy of Don Kurtz

Image courtesy of Don Kurtz