Jules-Elie Delaunay

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Jules-Elie Delaunay

27 artworks

French Academic painter, portraitist and pastellist

Born 1828 - Died 1891

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Plague in Rome

The Plague of Rome


Oil on canvas

131 x 176 cms | 51 1/2 x 69 1/4 ins

Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France


Sapho embrassant sa lyre

Sapho Kissing Her Lyre

Musee de Brest, Brest, France


Attila marchant avec son armée sur Paris

Attila and His Army Marching on Paris (detail)


Panthéon, Paris, France

Autoportrait de Jules-Élie Delaunay

Self-portrait by Jules-Élie Delaunay

c. 1860

Mme. Georges Bizet


Oil on canvas

104 x 75 cms | 40 3/4 x 29 1/2 ins

Private collection, ,


The Virgin Crowned

Pastel on paper

27.9 x 20.3 cms | 10 3/4 x 7 3/4 ins

Public collection, ,

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DELAUNAY, JULES-ELIE (1828-1891), French painter, was born at Nantes and studied under Flandrin and at the École des Beaux Arts. He worked in the classicist manner of Ingres until, after winning the Prix de Rome, he went to Italy in 1856, and abandoned the ideal of Raphaelesque perfection for the sincerity and severity of the quattrocentists. As a pure and firm draughtsman he stands second only to Ingres. After his return from Rome he was entrusted with many important commissions for decorative paintings, such as the frescoes in the church of St Nicholas at Nantes; the three panels of Apollo, Orpheus and Amphion at the Paris opera-house; and twelve paintings or the great hall of the council of state in the Palais Royal. His Scenes from the Life of St Genevieve, which he designed for the Panthéon, remained unfinished at his death. The Luxembourg Museum has his famous Plague in Rome and a nude figure of Diana; and the Nantes Museum, the Lesson on the Flute. In the last decade of his life he achieved great popularity as a portrait painter.

  • Biographical entry in the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.

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