Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824 – 1898)





14 December 1824 Pierre Puvis de Chavannes is born in Lyon, Rhône, France, the son of a mining engineer, descendant of an old noble family of Burgundy

1841-1842 Prepared Rhethoric and Philosophy at the Lycée Henri IV, Paris

1846 First trip in Italy. Upon return, recommended to Henri Scheffer who accepted to give advice

1847 Summer at Mâcon where several times he meets the poet Lamartine

1848 Second trip to Italy. He went to Rome, Venice, Naples, most of Italy. He saw the Piero della Francescas at Arrezo, and the bolognese masters. At year-end, enters Delacroix’s studio: he stays only about two weeks. Enters Couture’s studio, where he stays three months

1850 Makes a first appearance at the Salon des Artistes Français

1852 – 1859 He made annual submission to the Salon, all of which were refused. 15th July : moves into 11 place Pigalle. He would stay there until 1897 when he married Marie Cantacuzène

1856 Meets Marie Cantacuzène through Chassériau

1861 Exhibits, at the Salon. Wins second class medal. The french governement buys Concordia

1867 Exhibits, at the Universal Exhibition. Named Knight of the Legion of Honour

1868 Acquires a new studio at Neuilly

1870 Serves in National Guard with the artistes Manet, Tissot, Bracquemont and Carolus-Durand

1877 Officer of the Legion of Honour

1879 Member of the Salon admissions and awards jury

1880 Member of the Salon jury. Suzanne Valadon begins to pose for him

1888 Member of the jury for the Salon des Artistes Français

1889  Member of the jury for the Salon des Artistes Français. Member of the jury for the Exposition Centennale de l'Art Français.
7 August: official unveiling of La Sorbonne. Commander of the Legion of Honour

1890 Puvis de Chavannes becomes president and co-founder of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts (National Society of Fine Arts) founded in Paris

1891 Named chairman of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, replacing Meissonier.

24 October 1898 Pierre Puvis de Chavannes dies in Paris.


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