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Félix Fénélon, 1861-1944

Nationality: French
Date of Birth: 1861.06.29
Place of Birth: Turin
Date of Death: 1944.02.29
Place of Death: Châtenay-Malabry

Identity:

Félix Fénélon was a critic, art dealer and collector.

Life:

Fénélon began his career as a clerk in the French War Ministry but soon started contributing to literary magazines. He was a founder of the Revue Indépendante in 1884 and a leading figure in Symbolist circles. He also championed the work of Georges Seurat and Paul Signac.

Fénélon was known for his anarchist political views and lost his post at the War Ministry as a result in 1894-1895.

He appears to have met JW in Paris in the 1890s, probably through the poet Stéphane Mallarmé.

Bibliography:

Halperin, Joan, Félix Fénélon: Aesthete and Anarchist in Fin-de-siècle Paris, New Haven 1988; Rapetti, Rodolphe, 'Félix Fénéon', The Grove Dictionary of Art Online, Oxford University Press at http://www.groveart.com (accessed 1 June 1004).