Gustave Boulanger Biography | Oil Painting Reproductions
4-25-1824 Paris, FRA – 10-16-1888 Paris, FRABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Gustave Boulanger has parents of creole origin. At 14 he became an orphan in 1838. In 1846 he was accepted into the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the workshop of Pierre-Jules Jollivet and Paul Delaroche. Gustave Boulanger won the Prix de Rome in 1849 with Ulysses Recognized by Eurycleia. He became a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 1882 and teaches at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts from 1885 to 1888, and the Julian Academy.
His paintings are prime cases of Academic Art of the time, especially history painting. Boulanger had gone to Italy, Greece, and North Africa, and his paintings mirror his regard for culturally correct details and skill in rendering the female form. The first visit to Algeria in 1845 gave him an enthusiasm in North African subjects and Orientalism, which was taken up later by his friend Jean-Léon Gérome.
Gustave Boulanger received many requests from the State for decorations, including the home of the Paris Opera, some portion of the decor of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo and the Mayor of the thirteenth district of Paris. Through this work, he will become one of the great friends of Charles Garnier and often be his guest at the Villa Garnier in Bordighera in Italy.
Gustave Boulanger works include a Moorish Cafe, Caesar at the Rubicon, the Promenade in the Street of Tombs, Pompeii, and The Slave Market. The beneficiary of many medals, he became a member of the Institut de France in 1882.
Art Movement: Orientalism.
Artists Influencing Gustave Boulanger: Paul Delaroche, Hughes Merle, Jules Lefebvre, Adolphe Bouguereau.
He Traveled To Italy, Greece, Algeria, Monte Carlo.
Painters Gustave Boulanger Influenced: Jules Benoit-Lévy, Walter Lofthouse Dean, Ernst Friedrich von Liphart, Théophile Poilpot, Osman Hamdi Bey, Alexander Ignatius Roche.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.