Académie Colarossi

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Académie Colarossi
Founded 19th century
Founder Filippo Colarossi
life drawing class, 1908

The Académie Colarossi was an art school in Paris founded in the 19th century by the Italian sculptor Filippo Colarossi. First located on the Île de la Cité, it moved in the 1870s to 10 rue de la Grande-Chaumière in the 6th arrondissement. It closed in the 1930s.

The Académie was established in the 19th century as an alternative to the government-sanctioned École des Beaux Arts that had, in the eyes of many promising young artists at the time, become far too conservative. Along with its equivalent Académie Julian, and unlike the official École, the Colarossi school accepted female students and allowed them to draw from the nude male model. Among the female attendees were Jeanne Hébuterne, Modigliani's muse; Scottish Impressionist Bessie MacNicol; Canadian Impressionist Emily Carr; and French sculptor Camille Claudel, who was also a student of Rodin's. Noted also for its classes in life sculpting, the school attracted many foreign students, including a large number from the United States.

In 1910, the progressive Académie appointed the New Zealand artist Frances Hodgkins (1869–1947) as its first female teacher. Among its other instructors were the influential French sculptor Jean Antoine Injalbert and the Japanese-influenced painter Raphael Collin.

In 1922 sculptor Henry Moore attended, although not as a student. Moore took life-drawing classes that were open to the general public, paid for with a book of inexpensive tickets. The evening classes were progressively timed – one hour, then 20 minutes, then five minutes, then one – to develop various drawing skills.

The school closed in the 1930s. Around that time, Madame Colarossi burned the priceless school archives in retaliation for her husband's philandering.

Notable graduates[edit]

Austria Austria Zofia Albinowska-MinkiewiczowaAloys Wach
Bulgaria Bulgaria Pascin
Canada Canada Frederic Marlett Bell-SmithEmily CarrRalston CrawfordPrudence HewardGeorge Loftus NoyesMaurice PrendergastGeorge Agnew ReidBoardman RobinsonMarc Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté
Czech Republic Czech Republic František BílekJosef ČapekAlfons Mucha
Ecuador Ecuador Camilo Egas
Estonia Estonia Adamson-EricKonrad MägiEduard Wiiralt
Finland Finland Helene Schjerfbeck
France France Hélène de BeauvoirCamille ClaudelPaul GauguinMarcel GromaireJeanne HébuterneJean LurçatClaude-Émile SchuffeneckerTheophile-Alexandre SteinlenFabien Fabiano
Germany Germany Karl Albert BuehrGeorge GroszHans HofmannWilhelm LehmbruckPaula Modersohn-Becker
Greece Greece Sophia Laskaridou
Hungary Hungary Emile LahnerCamilla Koffler (Ylla)
Republic of Ireland Ireland Eileen Gray
Italy Italy Romaine BrooksAmedeo Modigliani
Israel Israel Avigdor Stematsky
Japan Japan Kume KeiichiroSeiki KurodaHenry Sugimoto
Lithuania Lithuania Jacques Lipchitz
Norway Norway Nikolai AstrupJean HeibergOlaf GulbranssonWilhelm RasmussenAage StorsteinIngebrigt VikGustav WentzelCora Sandel
New Zealand New Zealand Sydney Lough Thompson
Poland Poland Stanisław JackowskiAlfons KarpińskiJózef MehofferWłodzimierz TetmajerMax WeberStanisław Wyspiański- Eugeniusz Zak
Romania Romania Reuven Rubin
Russia Russia Gleb W. DerujinskyAlexander GolovinAnna GolubkinaEugene LancerayKonstantin SomovEmil Wiesel
Spain Spain Hermenegildo Anglada Camarasa
Sweden Sweden Carl EldhArvid NyholmJenny NyströmHanna Pauli
Switzerland Switzerland Fritz GlarnerOswald PilloudLouis Soutter
Uruguay Uruguay Juan José Calandria
United Kingdom United Kingdom Lamorna BirchJohn Duncan FergussonRichard Jack -Mina LoyLaura Muntz LyallOttilie Maclaren WallaceBessie MacNicol - Cedric MorrisSamuel PeploeElizabeth PoluninDod ProcterRobert William ServiceStansmore Dean Stevenson - Sydney Curnow Vosper
United States United States Lucy BaconCecilia BeauxCharles BittingerRinaldo CuneoCharles DemuthEyre de LanuxFlorence EstéLyonel FeiningerMeta Vaux Warrick FullerMarion GreenwoodElizabeth Orton JonesWalt KuhnIsamu NoguchiGeorge Loftus NoyesLilla Cabot PerryAlice Morgan WrightStanton Macdonald-WrightElenore Plaisted AbbottAlice SchilleJanet ScudderArmstrong SperryInga Stephens Pratt ClarkChallis WalkerMahonri Young

Other students[edit]


  1. ^ Mathews, Nancy Mowll (1993). Charles Prendergast. Williamstown, MA.: Williams College Museum of Art. p. 10. ISBN 0-913697-16-8. 


  • Edward Halliday, by Ann Compton

Coordinates: 48°50′32″N 2°19′51″E / 48.84222°N 2.33083°E / 48.84222; 2.33083