Fèlix Joseph Barrias French, 1822-1907


Fèlix Joseph Barrias was born in Paris in 1822.  He was inspired at an early age by the work of his father, a porcelain painter, and enrolled in the École des Beaux-Arts.  Here, Fèlix studied under the renowned painter, Leon Cogniet until his graduation circa 1839.  Upon commencement, Fèlix moved to Rome where he won the Prix de Rome for the painting Cincinnatus Receiving the Deputies of the Senate in 1844.  He sent several paintings to the Paris Salon, and was accepted for exhibition in 1847.  His work demonstrated a canon like classicism which is clearly seen in Spanish Letters.  He continued to exhibit for the Salon, and also provided lithographic illustrations for versions of Homer and Virgil.  During his lifetime he received various commissions for large murals in several Parisian churches, the Grand Hôtel du Louvre, and various private households.  He died in 1907.




Salon on 1847, Paris


 Prix de Rome, 1844

Medal of troisième-classe, 1847 for Sappho

First prize medal, 1851 for Exile of Tiberius

Gold Medal, Universal Exhibition of 1889




Museums and Public Collections

The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia

Autun, Musée Rollin

Beauvais, Musée Départemental de l'Oise

Bourges, Hôtel de Ville

Châlons-sur-Marne, Musée des Beaux-Arts

Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz Museum

Douai, Musée de la Chartreuse

Laval, Musée du Vieux Château

Lille, Musée des Beaux-Arts

Nantes, Musée des Beaux-Arts

Nîmes, Musée des Beaux-Arts

Paris, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts

Paris, Musée du Louvre

Paris, Musée d'Orsay

Périgeux, Musée des Beaux-Arts

Le Puy-en-Velay, Musée Crozatier

Rouen, Musée des Beaux-Arts

Tarbes, Musée des Beaux-Arts

Versailles, Musée National du Chateau et des Trianons

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