Horace Lecoq de Boisbaudran
Horace Lecoq de Boisbaudran (May 14, 1802 – August 7, 1897) was a French artist and teacher.
He was born in Paris. Boisbaudran was admitted in 1819 to the École des Beaux-Arts where he studied under Peyron and Guillon Lethière. He exhibited at the Salon in 1831 and 1840, and became a professor at the academy.
As a drawing instructor he became known for his innovative method which emphasized memorization. His students were instructed to visit the Louvre, where they were to carefully study a painting in order to reproduce it from memory later, in the studio. This exercise was intended to help the student to discover his own visual language.
Among Lecoq de Boisbaudran's best-known students were Rodin, Fantin-Latour, and Alphonse Legros. Others who studied with him include Jules Chéret, Léon Lhermitte, and Jean Charles Cazin. Lecoq de Boisbaudran died in Paris on August 7, 1897.
Books by Lecoq de Boisbaudran
- Éducation de la mémoire pittoresque, Paris, 1848.
- Éducation de la mémoire pittoresque, application aux arts du dessin, 2e éd. augmentée, Paris, Bance, 1862.
- Lettres à un jeune professeur, Paris, Morel, 1876.
- Un Coup d'œil à l'enseignement aux Beaux-Arts, Paris, Morel, 1879.
- L'Éducation de la mémoire pittoresque et la formation de l'artiste, publié par L.D. Luard, Paris, Laurens, 1920 (compilation of the preceding titles).
- McConkey, Kenneth, and Anna Gruetzner Robin. 1995. Impressionism in Britain. Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-06334-2.
- State University of New York at Binghamton. 1974. Strictly academic : life drawing in the nineteenth century : a loan exhibition organized by the University Art Gallery, State University of New York at Binghamton. Binghamton: The Gallery.