Colarossi Academy

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The Colarossi Academy, also known as the "Académie de la Grande Chaumière", is a school of Parisian art, founded in 1870, by the Italian sculptor Filippo Colarossi at No. 10 rue de la Grande-Chaumière (next to Paul Gauguin's and Amedeo Modigliani's studios installed at No. 8, blessed time!). When the Genevois, Charles Suisse, former model of Jacques-Louis David, retired, Filippo Colarossi bought his "Suisse-Cabressol Academy" (founded, in 1815, by Suisse, as a nude academy) and renamed it first "Academy of the Rose". It is then located on the Ile de la Cité, at the corner of Quai des Orfèvres and Boulevard du Palais. In 1870, ite was transferred to No. 10 rue de la Grande-Chaumiere, Montparnasse, in the Notre-Dame-des-Champs district of the 6th arrondissement. The academy also has a workshop at 43 avenue Victor Hugo in the 16th arrondissement. As both a private school and a free workshop, it is an alternative to the institution of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, which has become too conservative for many artists.

Like the Julian Academy, the Colarossi's school is mixed and allows students to paint from nude male models. Among the most famous women attending the academy are Jeanne Hébuterne and Camille Claudel. Also renowned for its post-model sculpture classes, the school attracts many foreign students, including Americans, Scandinavians and Canadians. In 1907, the academy named its first woman teacher, New Zealand artist Frances Hodgkins, confirming her progressive spirit.

The school closes in the 1930s. Shortly before, Mrs. Colarossi had burned the archives of the institution, in retaliation for the infidelities of her husband.

Among the teachers :Thomas Alexander Harrison, Joseph Blanc, Jean Boucher, Raphaël Collin, Gustave Courtois, Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret - Edmond Louis Dupain, Marcel Gimond, Jean-Antoine Injalbert, Henri Morisset, Bernard Naudin, Jean-André Rixens, Charles Picart le Doux, Christian Krohg, Olga Boznańska and Frances Hodgkins (1869–1947) as its first female teacher.

Some artists who attended the Colarossi Academy :

George Grosz, Hans Hofmann, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Julius Mordecai Pincas, Hélène de Beauvoir, Camille Claudel, André Dunoyer de Segonzac, Maurice Estève, Paul Gauguin, Marcel Gromaire, Jeanne Hébuterne, Jean Lurçat, Émile Schuffenecker, Léopold Survage, Eileen Gray, Henry Moore, Bessie MacNicol, Emily Carr, Lyonel Feyninger, Amedeo Modigliani, Seiki Kuroda, Keiichirô Kume, Jacques Lipchitz, Max Weber, Alfons Mucha, John Duncan Fergusson, Laura Muntz Lyall, Eugene Lanceray, Konstantin Somov, Kouzma Petrov-Vodkine, Alexandre Ivanoff, Albert Anker, Louis Soutter, František Bílek, Josef Čapek, Juan José Calandria, Gustave Courtois, Camilo Egas, Paul Haefliger, Cornelia Ellis Hildebrandt, Louis Kahan, Richard E. Miller, Maurice Prendergast, Lucy May Stanton, Clara Westhoff, Clara Miller Burd ...

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