Delphin Enjolras  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Delphin Enjolras (May 13, 1857-1945) was a French academic painter. Enjolras painted portraits, nudes, interiors, and used mostly watercolours, oil and pastels. He is best known for his intimate portraits of young women performing mundane activities such as reading or sewing, often by illuminated by lamplight. Perhaps his most famous work is the "Young Woman Reading by a Window" (pictured right).


He was born in Courcouron, Ardeche. Enjolras studied under watercolorist Gaston Gerard at the "Ecole de Dessin de la Ville de Paris" [1], as well as Jean-Léon Gérôme at the Beaux-Arts, and Dagnan-Bouveret.[2] Enjolras painted mainly landscapes in his early career; later it became evident that his love was for painting women[3]. He changed genres, focusing mainly on the portraiture of elegant young women by either lamplight or black lighting. He would become an excellent painter of nudes, and many of his later works, such as "La Sieste" (pictured right) are of an erotic and sensual nature.

From 1890 and onwards, Enjolras exhibited his works at the Paris Salon, joining the Société des Artistes Français in 1901. Also, the Musée du Puy and Musée d'Avignon both have collections of his works.

List of Selected Works

  • Le Billet Doux (The Love Letter) [4]
  • La Belle Fleur [5]
  • Le Bouquet (The Bouquet) [6]
  • Café Au Terrace [7]
  • Les Lampions (Hanging the Lanterns) [8]
  • La Lanterne [9]
  • La Lecture près de la Lampe (Reading by Lamplight) [10]
  • La Lettre (The Letter) [11]
  • La Lettre, another painting by that name [12]
  • Un Moment de Reflexion (A Moment of Reflexion) [13]
  • Nude by Firelight [14]
  • A Nude Reclining by the Fire [15]
  • On the Terrace [16]
  • La Sieste [17]
  • Soir sur la Terrace à la Pergola [18]
  • La Toilette Hand [19]
  • Young Woman Reading by a Window [20]

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