Charles Louis de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin

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Departure ceremony at the Paris Foreign Missions Society. Le Départ, 1868, by Charles Louis de Frédy de Coubertin. The painting is in the Chapel of the Paris Foreign Missions Society at 128, Rue du Bac
Pierre de Coubertin as a child, with one of his sisters, painted by his father Charles Louis de Frédy de Coubertin (detail of Le Départ, 1868).

Charles Louis de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin (1822–1908) was a French aristocrat and painter. He married a woman from Normandy, Agathe Marie Marcelle Gigault de Crisenoy,[1] with whom he had four children. He was the father of Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games.[2] He has been called "a mediocre if fashionable academic painter",[3] and a "somewhat gifted painter of religious and historical subjects".[2] In 1865 he received the Légion d'Honneur for his artistic work.[2]


  1. ^ Guttmann, Allen (2002). The Olympics: a history of the modern games. University of Illinois Press. p. 7. ISBN 9780252070464. 
  2. ^ a b c Stanton, Richard (2001). The Forgotten Olympic Art Competitions. Trafford. p. 280. ISBN 9781552126066. 
  3. ^ Weber, Eugen (1991). My France: Politics, Culture, Myth. Harvard University Press. p. 208. ISBN 9780674595767.