Fernand Cormon (24 December 1845 – 20 March 1924) was a French painter born in Paris. He became a pupil of
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His father was the playwright Eugène Cormon. His mother was Charlotte Furais, the actress. At an early age he attracted attention for the perceived sensationalism in his art, although for a time his powerful brush dwelled with particular delight on scenes of bloodshed, such as the ''Murder in the Seraglio'' (1868) and the ''Death of Ravara, King of Lanka'' at the Toulouse Museum. The Musée d'Orsay has his ''Cain fleeing before Jehovah's Curse''; and for the Mairie of the fourth arrondissement of Paris he executed in grisaille a series of panels: ''Birth, Death, Marriage, War'', etc. ''A Chiefs Funeral'', and a series of large paintings for the Museum of natural history in Paris with themes from the Stone Age, occupied him for several years. He was appointed to the Légion d'honneur, Legion of Honor in 1880. Subsequently he also devoted himself to portraiture. Being well-accepted at the annual Salon (Paris), Salon, he also ran an art school, the Atelier Cormon in the 1880s where he tried to guide his students to create paintings which would be accepted by the Salon's jury. Among his students with whom he was unsuccessful on this point were, for instance: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Louis Anquetin, Eugène Boch, Paul Tampier, Émile Bernard (painter), Émile Bernard and Vincent van Gogh. Other students included Alphonse Osbert, Marius Borgeaud, Theodor Pallady, Chaïm Soutine and the Australian painter John Russell (Australian artist), John Russell. Despite his moment of glory as a Beaux-Arts professor he was almost forgotten by 1924 when he was run over by a taxi outside his studio, and is barely remembered today save as the teacher of pupils more illustrious than himself.David Sweetman (1999), ''Explosive Acts'', (published in the UK as ''Toulouse-Lautrec and the fin-de-siècle''), New York: Simon and Schuster, p. 94

Selected paintings

File:Murder in the Seraglio by Fernand Cormon (1874).jpg, ''Murder in the Seraglio,'' (1874) Image:Fernand CORMON - La Mort de Ravana - Musée des Augustins - 2004 1 139.jpg, ''The Death of Ravana,
King of Lanka'' (1875) File:Cormon, Fernand - Cain flying before Jehovah's Curse.jpg, ''Cain fleeing before
Jehovah's Curse'' (1880) File:A Forge 1894 Fernand Cormon.jpg, ''A Forge'' (1894) File:Fernand Cormon In Erwartung.jpg, ''Anticipation'' (date unknown) File:Cormon Fernand Le harem Oil On Canvas.jpg, ''A Harem'' (c.1877) File:The Deposed Favourite.jpg, ''The Deposed Favorite''
(date unknown) File:Fernand Cormon 006.jpg, ''Going Fishing'' (1888)



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Atelier Cormon ~1885
(note e.g. [from left; mind inscriptions] Toulouse-Lautrec, Tampier, Anquetin; last row, second after sculpture, É. Bernard. {{DEFAULTSORT:Cormon, Fernand 1845 births 1924 deaths 19th-century French painters 20th-century French painters 20th-century male artists Academic art Painters from Paris French male painters Recipients of the Legion of Honour Orientalist painters Members of the Académie des beaux-arts People of Montmartre