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The little-known painters: Jules-Alexis Muenier

Jules-Alexis Muenier (1863-1942) is the son of Alexis Muenier, writer and journalist. He began his studies at the Troyes high school, where he excelled in cartoon classes taught by Emile Loncle, before continuing at the Beauvais high school. In 1881, he joined the workshop of Jean-Léon Gérôme at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.


Jules-Alexis Muenier. Le Montciel, à Coulevon. Non daté. Musée Georges Garret de Vesoul
Jules-Alexis Muenier. Le Montciel, à Coulevon. Non daté. Musée Georges Garret de Vesoul

In 1885, he left the capital to settle in Coulevon, near Vesoul, where he married Marie Pâris on July 15; It was there, in this small village in Haute-Saône, that he spent most of his life, in a large property acquired by his in-laws, the former home of Jean-Léon Gérôme.

In 1887, he stood out at the Salon with his work "Le Bréviaire", which earned him a medal, and in June 1887, thanks to a grant, he undertook a journey which led him, after crossing Spain, to Fez , in Tangier then in Algiers.


 Jules-Alexis Muenier Les Chemineaux Vers 1897 Huile sur toile H. 150 ; L. 146 cm avec cadre H. 183 ; L. 185 cm Achat au Salon de la Société nationale des beaux-arts, 1897 © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
Jules-Alexis Muenier Les Chemineaux Vers 1897 Huile sur toile H. 150 ; L. 146 cm avec cadre H. 183 ; L. 185 cm Achat au Salon de la Société nationale des beaux-arts, 1897 © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski

Jules-Alexis Muenier's favorite subjects include naturalistic scenes of daily life in the Haut-Saône countryside, as well as landscapes captured on the Var coast at Agay and Menton.


Jules-Alexis Muenier. La leçon de clavecin. 1911. Musée Georges Garret de Vesoul
Jules-Alexis Muenier. La leçon de clavecin. 1911. Musée Georges Garret de Vesoul

Jules-Alexis Muenier was elevated to the rank of officer of the Legion of Honor in 1911, following the success of his work "The lesson of harpsichord", and he was elected a member of the Academy of Fine Arts in 1921. His artistic career prolific has more than three hundred works, exhibited between 1887 and 1941 in Parisian Salons, notably the Salon des artistes français and the Salon de la Société nationale des Beaux-Arts.


Jules-Alexis Muenier peignant "la leçon de clavecin".
Jules-Alexis Muenier peignant "la leçon de clavecin".

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