Horace Lecoq de Boisbaudran

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.[1] 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.[1]

Among Lecoq de Boisbaudran's best-known students were Rodin, Fantin-Latour, and Alphonse Legros.[2] 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


  1. 1 2 McConkey and Robin 1995, p. 11.
  2. State University of New York at Binghamton 1974, p. 34.


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