Évariste Vital Luminais

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Flight of King Gradlon (1884; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Quimper).

Évariste Vital Luminais (Nantes 13 October 1821 – 1896 Paris) was a French painter.


Born to Clara and Rene Luminais, he was born into a family of parliamentarians and lawyers.;[1] René Marie Luminais, his father, was a deputy of Loire-Inférieure between 1831 and 1834 and afterwards of Indre-et-Loire between 1848 to 1849.[2] His family, aware of his natural artistic talent, sent him to Paris to study with the painter and sculptor Auguste Debay. Luminais died in Paris at age 75 and was buried in the little cemetery in Douadic. His native city of Nantes has a street named for him.


At the age of 18, he put himself under the tutelage of the painter Léon Cogniet. Finally, he joined the workshop of Constant Troyon, painter of landscapes and animals, who would become his true mentor. His official career began at the Paris Salon, where two of his paintings were accepted in 1843. In 1869, he received the Legion of Honor. He scored a success at the Paris Salon of 1884 with the painting Flight of King Gradlon. Other important paintings include The sons of Clovis II (1880; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney) and The death of Brunehaut. French artist Albert Maignan was a student of Luminais.

He divided his time between his Paris studio and his house in Douadic in the department of Indre.



  1. ^ Site de l'Asemblée nationale
  2. ^ Ibidem