Biography of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes
14th December: Pierre Puvis de Chavannes born at 13 rue des Deux Angles, Lyon. Son of Marie-Julien-César-Joseph Puvis de Chavannes, a mining chief-ingeneer, and Marguerite Guyot de Pravieux. The Puvis family was originaly Burgudian. Pierre was the youngest of four: two sons and two daughters.
The older Puvis had hoped his son would go to the Ecole Polytechnique, but illness prevented this.
Portrait of Lamartine, ca 1850
Ink on paper,
Top right: Three verses from "Poetic Meditations" by Lamartine.
Signed P. Puvis in the center; France, private collection
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.
Makes a first appearance at the Salon des Artistes Français, with Dead Christ. Paints Negro Boy, The Reading Lesson, and Portrait of a Man (private collections). Paints Diogène, Head of a Woman, Portrait of Edouard Puvis de Chavannes (his brother), Portrait of Miss de Vaugelas, Portrait of Marc-Antoine Puvis de Chavannes (private collections), Portrait of a Woman, Portrait of Thomas-Alfred Jones (Orsay Museum).
Submitted Jean Cavalier playing the Luther Chorale for his dying mother, (Lyon, Fine Arts Museum), which is refused. From 1852 to 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.
Meets Marie Cantacuzène through Chassériau. Painted The Fisherman, Christ Appearing to Saint Paul in jail (Bourbon-Lancy) and Salome ordering the execution of John the Baptist (Rotterdam).
Painted Self-Portrait (Paris, Petit Palais), The Village Firemen (Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersbourg), The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastien, Augustus’s daughter Julia returning to the palace (private collections), and Meditation (lost).
Wins second class medal.
The french governement buys Concordia.
Exhibits at the Salon Autumn (Lyon, Fine Arts Museum)
Sketch for L’ Automne (or Torse de Femme), ca 1864
Oil on canvas, 65 x 54,5 cm. France, private collection
Salon: Sleep (Lille, Fine Arts Museum).
Named Knight of the Legion of Honour.
Paints Vigilance (Orsay Museum).
Acquires a new studio at Neuilly
Serves in National Guard with the artistes Manet, Tissot, Bracquemont and Carolus-Durand.
Paints The Ballon (Orsay Museum).
Paints a second version of Hope.
Salon: Sainte Genevieve as a Child at Prayer, commissioned by the Ministry of Public Education and Fine Arts for the Church of Sainte Genevieve, and, in the drawings and cartoons section, Sainte Genevieve, a three-part cartoon, for a work commissioned for the Panthéon.
Exhibits: The Prodigal Son and Young Girls by the Sea.
Exhibits: Young Picardians Practising the Spear Throw, cartoon for the painting which, under the title Pro Patria Ludus, would be part of the décor for the Amiens museum.
Commissioned to do Pro Patria Ludus.
Suzanne Valadon begins to pose for him.
Exhibits The poor Fisherman.
Portrait of Mrs Cantacuzène.
One-man exhibition at Durand-Ruel, Paris
Paints Family of Fishermen, a Self-Portrait and Madwoman by the Sea.
Castagnary buys The poor Fisherman for the Louvre.
Paints The Spinner.
Besnard, Roll, Gervex, Braquemont, G. Petit, R. Ballu, Armand, Dayot, Carolus-Durand, C.
Jacobson, A. Proust, Magne
Ch. Garnier, Vve Klein, L. Gérome, Fusen
Cazin, Cormon, Lish, L. Bonnat, Roty, Pasteur, Puvis de Chavannes, Falguières, Barrias, Chaplin
X, P. Dubois
Berlin. Le Comité d'exposition des Beaux-Arts.
Copenhague - 1888. Cliché Gesellshaft.
Member of the jury for the Exposition Centennale de l'Art Français.
Exhibits there : Autumn, The Beheading of John the Baptist, The Prodigal Son and Young Girls by the Sea.
7 August: official unveiling of La Sorbonne. Commander of the Legion of Honour.
15 February-15 March: takes part in the first Salon of "La Libre Esthétique" (Brussels) with The Prodigal Son and Orpheus.
November: exhibits six paintings at Durand-Ruel, Paris.
15-31 December: one-man exhibition of 23 paintings in New York, organized by Durand-Ruel.
Salon of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts: Pannel Intended for the Stairway of the Boston Public Library.
September: exhibits, at Durand-Ruel, Paris : Chemistry, Philosophy and Physics (Boston Public Library).
Falls ill and is cared for by Marie Cantacuzène.
Paints In the Heather (Art Institute of Chicago, Winter (National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia), and The Poet.
Exhibits, at the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Pannel Intended for the Panthéon: Sainte Genevieve Keeping Watch over Sleeping Paris.
29 August: Marie Cantacuzène dies.
24 October: Puvis dies.
27 October: after a religious ceremony at Saint-François de Sales, Puvis is burried at Neuilly Cemetery.