Delphin Enjolras France
5-13-1857 Coucouron, FRA – 12-7-1945 Toulouse, FRABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Delphin Enjolras was a French academic painter. Enjolras painted portraits, nudes, interiors. He is best known for his intimate portraits of young women performing mundane activities such as reading or sewing, often illuminated by lamplight. Among his other works are scenes of domestic interiors, usually illuminated by a single lamp with warm, orange light. Perhaps his most famous work is the "Young Woman Reading by a Window".
He was born in Courcouron, Ardèche, son of Casimir Enjolras and Delphine Laurens. A misfortune marked his childhood. His mother died at the age of 32, Casimir, the father of Delphin, finds himself a widower with ten children orphaned. Disoriented, he then leaves Coucouron to settle not far from there, in Langogne.
Delphin Enjolras studied under watercolorists Gaston Gerard at the "Ecole de Dessin de la Ville de Paris", as well as Jean-Léon Gérôme at the Beaux-Arts, and Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret.
Delphin Enjolras painted mainly landscapes in his early career; later it became evident that his love was for painting women. He changed genres, focusing mainly on the portraiture of elegant young women by either lamplight or black lighting. He would become an excellent painter of nudes, and many of his later works, such as "La Sieste" are of an erotic and sensual nature.
From 1890 and onwards, Enjolras exhibited his works at the Paris Salon, joining the Société des Artistes Français in 1901.
Art Movement: Academic
Influences: Gaston Gérard, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Pascal Bouveret