Auguste Leroux (1871-1954)

Biography

Auguste Leroux was a French painter and illustrator who was born in Paris on April 14, 1871. Leroux studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and was a student of Leon Bonnat. From 1895 to 1898 he studied at the Villa Medici in Rome. He exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français from the beginning of 1898 and he became a committee member in 1904. He won the Grand Prix de Rome in 1894 and obtained a bronze medal at the universal exhibition in Paris in 1900.

Leroux exhibited in many Parisian galleries including Galerie Allard, Galerie Petit, Galerie Charpentier, and Galerie Mona Lisa. He was also a very successful illustrator of books, and also executed designs for several public buildings including some of the images in the mosaics for the church of Sacré-Cour, the crown of Montmartre.

His early works were Symbolist and Art Nouveau, with many allegorical and mythological subjects. His later paintings show exquisite academic training, and his fascination with the female form. He painted many very realistic works of ballet dancers in beautiful and detailed interiors.

Recently many works of Auguste Leroux have come to market because of the sale of the atelier of his family, and have shown success on the secondary market.