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Charles Auguste Émile Durand
Portrait of Carolus-Duran.jpg
Portrait of Carolus-Duran (1879)
by John Singer Sargent.
Native name Carolus-Duran
Born (1837-07-04)4 July 1837
Died 17 February 1917(1917-02-17) (aged 79)
Nationality French
Education Lille Academy
Alma mater Académie des Beaux-Arts
Known for director of the French Academy in Rome
Awards commander of the Legion of Honour

Charles Auguste Émile Durand, known as Carolus-Duran[1] (Lille 4 July 1837 – 17 February 1917 Paris), was a French painter and art instructor. He is noted for his stylish depictions of members of high society in Third Republic France.



Carolus-Duran studied at the Lille Academy and then at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1861, he traveled to Italy and Spain for further study, especially devoting himself to the pictures of Velázquez. His dramatic painting Murdered, or The Assassination (1866), was one of his first successes, and is now in the Lille museum.[1]

Carolus-Duran became best known as a portrait painter, and, as the head of one of the principal ateliers in Paris, a teacher of some of the most brilliant artists of the next generation who were his pupils. His painting Lady with the Glove (1869), a portrait of his wife, was bought for the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris.[1]

In 1889, he was made a commander of the Legion of Honour.[1] In 1890, he participated in the creation of the National Society of French Art (Société Nationale des Beaux Arts). He became a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 1904, and in the next year, was appointed director of the French Academy in Rome to succeed Eugène Guillaume. [1]


Among his pupils were John Singer Sargent,[2] Ralph Wormeley Curtis, Theodore Robinson,[3] and Mariquita Jenny Moberly.[4]

Selected works[edit]

Mademoiselle de Lancey, by Carolus-Duran
Le Baiser (The Kiss)
Le Chien, Carolus-Duran
Equestrian Portrait of Mademoiselle Croizette (1873)


  1. ^ a b c d e Chisholm 1911.
  2. ^ Trevor Fairbrother, John Singer Sargent, New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1994, p. 13, ISBN 0-8109-3833-2
  3. ^ "Biography: Theodore Robinson, 1852-1896". National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.). Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Best Friends". Leighton Fine Art. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 

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