Lyon School

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Fleur des champs (1845)
Louis Janmot

The Lyon School is a term for a group of French artists which gathered around Paul Chenavard. It was founded by Pierre Revoil, one of the representatives of the Troubadour style. It included Victor Orsel, Louis Janmot and Hippolyte Flandrin, and was nicknamed "the prison of painting" by Charles Baudelaire. It was principally inspired by philosophical-moral and religious themes, and as a current was closely related to the British Pre-Raphaelite painters and poets.[1]

Recognized at the Salon of 1819, the school was consecrated 16 February 1851 by the creation of the gallery of painters from Lyon (galerie des Artistes lyonnais) at the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.[2]

Between 1890 and 1909 a younger generation of artists of divers inspirations would become associated with L'École de Lyon (or École lyonnaise) exhibiting at the Le Salon in Lyon (Salon de la Société Lyonnaise des Beaux-Arts): artists such as Joanny Arlin, Philippe Audras, Jean Bardon, Alexandre Baudin, André Baudin, Camille Bouvagne, Marguerite Brun, Jean-Louis Chorel (fr), Anna Dugoin, Marie Saubiez-Euler, Pierre Euler, Étienne Victor Exbrayat (fr), Horace Antoine Fonville (fr), Marie Giron, Georges Glaise, Gustave Karcher, Marthe Koch, Théodore Lévigne, Jules Medard, Hugues Méray, Alphonse Muscat, Henry Oberkampff, Edouard Paupin, Victor-Philippe Flipsen (Philipsen), Louis Piot, Henri Ray, Henri Raynaud, Ernest Roman, Jean Seignemartin, Glaudius Seignol, Gabriel Trévoux, and Louis Vollen.[3]



  • (French) Sylvie Ramond, Gérard Bruyère and Léna Widerkher, Le Temps de la peinture, Lyon 1800-1914, exhibition catalogue, Fage éditions, Lyon (2007) 335 p. ISBN 978-2-84975-101-5


  1. ^ André Pelletier, Histoire de Lyon; De la capitale des Gaules à la métropole européenne, Éditions lyonnaises d'Arts et d'Histoire, 2007, Lyon, p. 89, (ISBN 978-2-84147-188-1)
  2. ^ Gérard Bruyère, Brève histoire du musée des beaux-arts, 2e partie 1830-1850, Bulletin municipal de la Ville de Lyon, n° 5879, 27 December 2010.
  3. ^ Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon, Ville de Lyon, Le Passe-temps, page 1 of 2