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Rodolphe Julian, 1839-1907

Nationality: French
Date of Birth: 1839.06.13
Place of Birth: La Palude
Date of Death: 1907.02.12
Place of Death: Paris


Rodolphe Julian was an artist and art administrator in Paris.


In 1868 Julian founded his first atelier which became the Académie Julian in 1873. Bonnard and Matisse were amongst his pupils but it was also attended by numerous American and British students. His school also attracted women students as it was one of the few places to admit women to life-drawing classes. He employed academicians such as William Bouguereau, Gustave Boulanger, Jules J. Lefebvre, and Jean J. Benjamin Constant from the École des Beaux Arts to teach the students and had studios in several Paris arondissements.


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