#FridayPainting: Charles Auguste Émile Durand aka Carolus-Duran “Portrait of Jules Marx”

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.

Alas, my efforts to discover more about the subject of this painting, Jules Marx, have not produced any information. My search continues.

8 Replies to “#FridayPainting: Charles Auguste Émile Durand aka Carolus-Duran “Portrait of Jules Marx””

  1. I am partial to this painting, the artist brings out all the features of this handsome young man. The artist uses special color and carefully chosen lines to make his unusual facial features tell his happy story. The shortened version of the painter’s name makes him easier to remember. Interesting, too, is that he was born and raised in a place where he had access to the rich and was able to paint the well to do!

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    1. It seemed that people trusted Carolus-Duran with their portraits and word of mouth would have brought him more commissions. I was drawn to this portrait for the reasons you mentioned – the colour and attention to facial detail. Carolus-Duran had a long and distinguished career – he passed at 79. I was amazed by how many pupils he had over the years. He must have been an excellent teacher. I am glad that you enjoyed this painting.


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