Jean Coulon French, 1853-1923


Jean Coulon was a French sculptor who was born in Ébreuil (Allier) April 17, 1853 and died at Vichy (Allier) January 5, 1923. Son of Nicolas Coulon, a stonecutter, Coulon later settled in Clermont-Ferrand. In 1876 he moved to Paris and entered the Ėcole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, in the sculpture studio of Cuvelier (1814-1894). Coulon entered his first exhibition at the Salon in 1880. He submitted The Death of Pyramus and was awarded a third place medal. His submission was ultimately purchased by the state for the town of Dinan. Coulon’s success with mythological subjects lasted until 1890, when the subject no longer seemed to interest clients or the public.  In 1895 he produced a bust of the poet Theodore de Banville from a drawing by Rochegrosse, step-son of the poet. Some of Coulon’s works -specifically the busts of Gabriel Delarue, Joseph Hennequin and later a statue entitled The Big Ferre, were destroyed during the war.


 1880 : 3rd medal at the Salon with Death of Pyramus

 1886 : 2nd medal at the Exhibition of French Artists


 1880 : Exhibition organized by the Ministry of Public Instruction and Fine Arts

 1883 : Exhibition organized by the Society of French Artists

 1884 : Victoria Hall Geneva (Switzerland)

 1886 : Exhibition of French Artists 

 1894 : Galerie Georges Petit in Paris "The Night"

Museums and Public Collections

Museum of the City of Dinan

Museum of the City of Toulon

Museum of Geneva (Switzerland)

Museum of the City of Nice Alpes-Maritime

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