Rodolphe Julian

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Rodolphe Julian
Rodolphe Julian (artist).jpg
Born13 June 1839
Lapalud, France
Died2 February 1907
EducationLéon Cogniet, Alexandre Cabanel
École des Beaux-Arts
Known forPainting, etching, education
AwardsLégion d'Honneur

Pierre Louis Rodolphe Julian (13 June 1839 – 2 February 1907) born in Lapalud southeastern France was a French painter, etcher and professor, founder and director of the Académie Julian in Paris.[1] The writer André Corthis (1882–1952), winner of the 1906 edition of the Prix Femina was his niece.


Julian worked as an employee in a bookstore in Marseille. He was interested in sports, particularly wrestling. Julian went to Paris, where he became a student of Léon Cogniet and Alexandre Cabanel, professor at the École des Beaux-Arts, without being enrolled there.[2]

In 1863 he exhibited for the first time in the salons.[3]

He married the painter Amélie Beaury-Saurel in 1895.

The challenges that he faced when in Paris led him to found in 1868, a private art academy, the Académie Julian, who also offered training to foreign artists and women who had little access to the official academy . The purpose was to prepare students for entry to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.[4]
Rodolphe Julian was described by the Anglo-Irish novelist and critic George Moore as "a kind of Hercules, dark-haired, strong, with broad shoulders, short legs, a soft voice and all the charm of the Midi".[5]



For his services to the arts, Rodolphe Julian Legion of Honour en 1881.


  • Léon Cladel; Jean-Pierre Deloux; Rodolphe Julian: ‘’Ompdrailles : le tombeau-des-lutteurs’’ , (ISBN 9782846080521) celebrating fighting tournaments practiced in Lapalud (Vaucluse), Julian's birthplace [8]
  • Martine Hérold: L'Académie Julian à cents ans. 1968 (in French).
  • Catherine Fehrer; New Light on the Académie Julian and its founder (Rodolphe Julian). In: La Gazette des Beaux-Arts 6. Pér. 103, 1984 [9]

See also[edit]

Académie Julian