Jules-Émile Saintin

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Jules-Émile Saintin (14 August 1829 – 13 July 1894) was a neoclassic French painter.


He was born in Lemé (France). Jules Émile Saintin was a pupil of Michel Martin Drolling and François-Édouard Picot at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1845.[1] It begins at the Salon des artistes français (Salon of French Artists) in 1850 and 1853 by pencil portraits.

Portrait of John C. Breckinridge, Senator and Vice President of the United States realized by Jules-Emile Saintin

In April 1854, he went to live and work in the United States, where he painted portraits (like the one of the Senator and Vice President of the United States John C. Breckinridge), landscapes and Indian subjects.

He returned to Paris in 1860 and develops a workshop where he made paintings with American themes, and genre scenes.

In 1876, he was appointed Commissioner of the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.

Jules Émile Saintin was a friend of the architect Charles Garnier and the painter Paul Baudry.

He was appointed a Chevalier (Knight) of the Legion of Honour in 1877.


  1. ^ Dearinger, David Bernard (2004). Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of the National Academy of Design: 1826-1925. Hudson Hills. pp. 488–489.