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Adolphe Appian
Modern (19th century-1945) Graphic Arts
(Lyon, France, August 28, 1818 - April 29, 1898, Lyon, France)

<p>Jacques Barthélemy (called Adolphe) Appian was born in Lyon, France on August 28, 1818. At the age of fifteen, he entered the École des Beaux Arts in Lyon, becoming a painter and printmaker. Later, in Paris, Appian studied with Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and Charles François Daubigny. In 1835, while still very young, Appian exhibited at the Salon for the first time. He would not exhibit there again for twenty years, but thereafter, he would do so regularly until his death.</p> <p>Appian produced paintings, charcoal and pencil drawings, water colors, pen and ink drawings, and etchings. He was particularly noted for his nature studies in charcoal. Appian created landscapes in many parts of France; he worked in Crémieu in 1852, Fontainebleau in 1885, and he also depicted the Pyrenees, the Auvergne, and Italy. His work had a regionalist flavor, and it remained somewhat static until 1877. In that year, Appian gave up his somber palette and became a remarkable colorist, producing paintings that shone like enamel. Appian's studio in the Villa des Fusains became the symbol of that region's nineteenth century landscape painting.</p> <p>In addition to painting, Appian produced images for such publications as the Gazette des Beaux-Arts, the Revue du Lyonnais, Le Fusain, and Paris Salon. He was a member of the Société des Aquafortistes from 1863 onward. Appian's son, Jean-Louis Appian, was also a painter and printmaker. Having spent much of his life in Lyon, Adolphe Appian died there on April 29, 1898.</p>

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