Charles Auguste Émile Durand, known as Carolus-Duran was a French painter and art instructor. Well connected, he was renowned for his stylish depictions of members of high society in Third Republic France.
Born on July 4, 1837 in Lille, a city in the northern part of France, in French Flanders, Carolus-Duran was the son of a hotel owner.
Carolus-Duran achieved great success during his lifetime. His influence is captured in the list of famous artists who were his pupils.
To name a few of the long list of famous artist taught by Carolus-Duran: John Singer Sargent and his distant cousin, Ralph Wormeley Curtis, Jan Stanislawski, the Polish modernist painter, Theodore Robinson, an American Impressionist who had a close friendship with Claude Monet and Mariette Leslie Cotton an American artist who usually gave her name as Mrs. Leslie Cotton.