30 March 1821|
16 February 1859|
|Education||École des Beaux-Arts|
|Awards||Prix de Rome (1845); Prix de Beaux Arts (1845) with Alexandre Cabanel|
Life and Career
Léon Benouville first studied with his elder brother, Jean-Achille Benouville (1815–1891), in the studio of François-Edouard Picot before he transferred to École des Beaux-Arts in 1837. Like his brother he received the Prix de Rome in 1845.
Both he and his brother travelled to Rome. In Rome, as a Prix de Rome pensionary at the Villa Medici. He remained there for a year, but his brother stayed on for two more years. His works produced in Rome are influenced by early Christianity and often show representations of antiquity.
Work and style
Benouville was best known for his portraits, mythological and religious compositions in the Neoclassical and Orientalist style. He worked in oils, ink and chalk.
Awards, prizes and honours
Select list of paintings
- Portrait of Leconte de Floris 1840
- Melancholy c. 1843
- Esther 1844
- The Mockery of Christ 1845
- The Wrath of Achilles 1847
- Christian Martyrs enter the Amphitheatre, c.1855
- GLUECKAPRIL, G., [ART REVIEW] "After the Fad: A Salon Favorite Now Forgotten," [Review of Training an Artist: Alexandre Cabanel and the Academic Process in 19th-Century France Dahesh Museum, New York Times, 3 April-13 June, 1998], 3 April, 1998, Online: https://www.nytimes.com/1998/04/03/arts/art-review-after-the-fad-a-salon-favorite-now-forgotten.html?mcubz=3]
Media related to Léon Benouville at Wikimedia Commons
- François-Léon Benouville on Artcyclopedia
- Hudson River school visions: the landscapes of Sanford R. Gifford, an exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (fully available online as PDF), which contains material on Benouville (see index)
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