Tag Archives: Prix de Rome

Clair de lune

French composer Claude-Achille Debussy was born on August 22, 1862. To say that one of the most influential composer of the late 19th Century came from humble origins is almost an understatement. His father owned a shop where he sold … Continue reading

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Sage comme une image

French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon was born on March 20, 1741. Houdon’s father was a servant in the household of someone with important connections to the royal art world. The Versailles native won the Prix de Rome and spent ten years in … Continue reading

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Il y a du monde au balcon

French architect Jean-Louis Charles Garnier was born on November 6, 1825. His parents were working-class folk, a fact that Garnier tried to bury. During brilliant studies at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Garnier won the Prix de Rome. He … Continue reading

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Avoir le moral à zero

French composer Georges Bizet, was born Alexandre César Léopold Bizet on October 25, 1838. His family was musical and Georges, as he was baptized and known his whole life, showed his promise early. He won the Prix de Rome after … Continue reading

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Être moche comme un pou

French neo-classical painter, Jacques-Louis David (daveed) was born on August 30, 1748. He was the most influential painter of his day. It is his paintings that shape our view of life in Napoleon’s Empire.  After the death of his parents, … Continue reading

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Un violon d’Ingres

French Neoclassical painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (angruh) was born on August 29, 1780. He saw himself as a painter of historical and mythological scenes, but he is best remembered for the portraits that he considered an “inferior” form of art. He … Continue reading

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Aide-toi, le ciel t’aidera

French composer Charles Gounod was born on June 17, 1818. He studied at the Conservatoire de Paris and won the Prix de Rome in 1839 for his cantata Fernand. This gave him the opportunity to study in Rome where he … Continue reading

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Ça me dit quelque chose

I have a terrible time remembering people’s names and perhaps an even worse time remembering the names of singers, composers, and pieces of music. Can you relate? Click here to listen to “Meditation” from Thaïs, with Yo-Yo Ma on the … Continue reading

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Tomber dans l’oubli

Jean-Honoré Fragonard was born on April 5, 1732. His talent was spotted when he was 18 by Francois Boucher who handed him off to the great still-life painter Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin for training. After learning about painting light from Chardin, he … Continue reading

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