Delphin Enjolras

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Delphin Enjolras (1857 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 illuminated by lamplight. Perhaps his most famous work is the "Young Woman Reading by a Window".


He was born in Coucouron, Ardèche, son of Casimir Enjolras and Delphine Laurens. Enjolras studied under watercolorist Gaston Gérard at the "Ecole de Dessin de la Ville de Paris",[1] as well as Jean-Léon Gérôme at the Beaux-Arts, and Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret.[2] Enjolras painted mainly landscapes in his early career; later it became evident that his love was for painting women.[3] 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.

List of Selected Works[edit]

  • Le Billet Doux (The Love Letter)[4]
  • La Belle Fleur[5][6]
  • Le Bouquet (The Bouquet)[7][8]
  • Café à la Terrasse[9]
  • Les Lampions (Hanging the Lanterns)[10]
  • La Lanterne[11]
  • La Lecture près de la Lampe (Reading by Lamplight)[12][13]
  • La Lettre (The Letter)[14][15]
  • La Lettre, another painting by that name[16]
  • Un Moment de Réflexion (A Moment of Reflexion)[17]
  • Nude by Firelight [18][19]
  • A Nude Reclining by the Fire[20][21]
  • On the Terrace[22]
  • La Sieste[23]
  • Soir sur la Terrasse à la Pergola[24][25]
  • La Toilette Hand[26]
  • Young Woman Reading by a Window[27][28]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ 18/19th C. Paintings at
  2. ^ Delphin Enjolras Biography at
  3. ^ ART / 4 / 2DAY: 13 May artist biographies at
  4. ^ "Le billet doux" - Artwork details at
  5. ^ "La Belle Fleur" at Burlington Paintings - Artwork details at
  6. ^ "La Belle Fleur" at Burlington Paintings
  7. ^ ARC :: Delphin Enjolras :: Le Bouquet at
  8. ^ "The Bouquet"
  9. ^ "Café Au Terrace" - Artwork details at
  10. ^ ARC :: Delphin Enjolras :: Les Lampions at
  11. ^ "La Lanterne"[dead link]
  12. ^ ARC :: Delphin Enjolras :: La Lecture Pres De La Lampe at
  13. ^ "Reading by Lamplight" Museum Syndicate
  14. ^ ARC :: Delphin Enjolras :: La Lettre at
  15. ^ "The Letter"
  16. ^ "La Lettre"[dead link]
  17. ^ ARC :: Delphin Enjolras :: Un Moment de Reflexion at
  18. ^ ARC :: Delphin Enjolras :: Nude by Firelight at
  19. ^ Nude by Firelight Museum Syndicate
  20. ^ ARC :: Delphin Enjolras :: A Nude Reclining by the Fire at
  21. ^ "Nude Reclining by the Fire" Museum Syndicate
  22. ^ "On the Terrace" - Artwork details at[dead link]
  23. ^ ARC :: Delphin Enjolras :: La sieste at
  24. ^ "Soir sur la Terrace à la Pergola" - Artwork details at[dead link]
  25. ^ "Soir sur la Terrace a la Pergola"
  26. ^ "La Toilette Hand"[dead link]
  27. ^ "Young Woman Reading by a Window" on
  28. ^ "Young Woman Reading by a Window" Museum Syndicate