Delphin Enjolras (May 13, 1865 COUCOURON –1945 TOULOUSE) was a French academic painter. Enjolras painted portraits, nudes, interiors, and used mostly watercolours, oil and pastels. He is best known for his intimate portraits of young women performing mundane activities such as reading or sewing, often by illuminated by lamplight. 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. Enjolras studied under watercolorist 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. 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. Also, the Musée du Puy and Musée d'Avignon both have collections of his works.
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List of Selected Works
- Le Billet Doux (The Love Letter)
- La Belle Fleur
- Le Bouquet (The Bouquet)
- Café Au Terrace
- Les Lampions (Hanging the Lanterns)
- La Lanterne[dead link]
- La Lecture près de la Lampe (Reading by Lamplight)
- La Lettre (The Letter)
- La Lettre, another painting by that name[dead link]
- Un Moment de Reflexion (A Moment of Reflexion)
- Nude by Firelight 
- A Nude Reclining by the Fire
- On the Terrace[dead link]
- La Sieste
- Soir sur la Terrace à la Pergola[dead link]
- La Toilette Hand[dead link]
- Young Woman Reading by a Window
- Gallery at the Art Renewal Centre
- Delphin Enjolras's Works of Art at Museum Syndicate
- Artnet.com: Evening Reading, Le Kimono Japonais at the Wayback Machine
- Enjolras works at Fine Art Photographic Library
- 18/19th C. Paintings at www.alhambraantiques.com
- Delphin Enjolras Biography at burlington.co.uk
- ART / 4 / 2DAY: 13 May artist biographies at www.safran-arts.com
- "Le billet doux" - Artwork details at www.artnet.com
- "La Belle Fleur" at Burlington Paintings - Artwork details at www.artnet.com
- "La Belle Fleur" at Burlington Paintings
- ARC :: Delphin Enjolras :: Le Bouquet at www.artrenewal.org
- "The Bouquet"
- "Café Au Terrace" - Artwork details at www.artnet.com
- ARC :: Delphin Enjolras :: Les Lampions at www.artrenewal.org
- "La Lanterne"
- ARC :: Delphin Enjolras :: La Lecture Pres De La Lampe at www.artrenewal.org
- "Reading by Lamplight" Museum Syndicate
- ARC :: Delphin Enjolras :: La Lettre at www.artrenewal.org
- "The Letter"
- "La Lettre"
- ARC :: Delphin Enjolras :: Un Moment de Reflexion at www.artrenewal.org
- ARC :: Delphin Enjolras :: Nude by Firelight at www.artrenewal.org
- Nude by Firelight Museum Syndicate
- ARC :: Delphin Enjolras :: A Nude Reclining by the Fire at www.artrenewal.org
- "Nude Reclining by the Fire" Museum Syndicate
- "On the Terrace" - Artwork details at www.artnet.com
- ARC :: Delphin Enjolras :: La sieste at www.artrenewal.org
- "Soir sur la Terrace à la Pergola" - Artwork details at www.artnet.com
- "Soir sur la Terrace a la Pergola"
- "La Toilette Hand"
- "Young Woman Reading by a Window" on allposters.com
- "Young Woman Reading by a Window" Museum Syndicate