Daubigny

A tour of artists buried in D24 and 23 of Père-Lachaise

There's so much French culture to discover in the incredible 107 acres of Père-Lachaise Cemetery: sculpture, history, and of course the graves of some of the greatest cultural and artistic icons of the 19th and 20th centuries. So, if you're interested in 19th century French art and literary history two small divisions in particular should be at the top of your list.


Located near the top of the hill overlooking the city of Paris and just to the south and east of the chapel, bounded by the Avenue Saint-Morys, Avenue Transversale No. 1,  Chemin Adanson, Chemin Laplace and Chemin de la Citerne, divisions 23 and 24 are the final resting places of no less than six of the greatest 19th century French artists: Jean Camille Corot, Charles Daubigny, Honoré Daumier, James Pradier, Dominique Ingres, Jean Raffaëlli, and one pioneer of French education: Stéphanie Genlis


We begin with two French painters buried side-by-side, Camille Corot (left) and Charles Daubigny:

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Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796–1875). Chemin Laplace, line 6, next to Charles Daubigny.

Bust of Corot by Michel Béguine

Bust of Corot by Michel Béguine

Ville d'Avray,  1865, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Ville d'Avray, 1865, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Woman with a pearl , 1868-70, Louvre, Paris

Woman with a pearl, 1868-70, Louvre, Paris

Charles-François Daubigny (1817–1878). French painter. Chemin Laplace, line 5, next to Jean Corot.

Bust (1879) of Charles by Adolphe-Victor Geoffroy-Dechaume

Bust (1879) of Charles by Adolphe-Victor Geoffroy-Dechaume

The Ponds of Gylieu , 1853, Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio, USA

The Ponds of Gylieu, 1853, Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio, USA

Boats on the seacoast at Étaples , 1871, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY, USA

Boats on the seacoast at Étaples, 1871, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY, USA

Nearby is French sculptor Jacques “James” Pradier (1794–1852) located at Chemin Molière et La Fontaine, junctions of Chemin de la Citerne, and Chemin du Dragon.

Note that on the monument itself are a bust of Pradier by former student Eugene-Louis Lequesne and reliefs of several of Pradier’s most notable works, also by former students: Phryne, by Antoine Étex; Psyche, by Claude-Eugène Guillaume; Niobide, by Jacques-Léonard Maillet; Sappho, by Pierre-Charles Simart.

Other reliefs of Pradier’s works located on the monument are: Cyparisse and his stag, by Hippolyte Ferrat; Nyssia, by Augustin Courtet; La Poésie légère, by François-Félix Roubaud; Pelion or Phydias, by François-Clément Moreau.

photo by Pierre-Yves Beaudouin for the wikimedia project

photo by Pierre-Yves Beaudouin for the wikimedia project

Odalisque , 1841, Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon, France

Odalisque, 1841, Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon, France

Louise Colet , 1837, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY, USA

Louise Colet, 1837, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY, USA

Honoré Daumier (1808–1879). French caricaturist, painter, sculptor, and one of the most gifted and prolific draftsmen of his time. Chemin Laplace, line 2, a few steps from Corot and Daubigny.

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Second class carriage , Walters Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD, USA

Second class carriage, Walters Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD, USA

Legislative belly,  1834, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY, USA

Legislative belly, 1834, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY, USA

Just a few meters away across Chemin Adanson in D23 is French painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780–1867). Second row in from Avenue Saint-Morys and close to Chemin Adanson.

Bust (1868) by Jean Bonnassieux; architect: Victor Baltard.

Bust (1868) by Jean Bonnassieux; architect: Victor Baltard.

Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière,  1806, Louvre, Paris

Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière, 1806, Louvre, Paris

La baigneuse Valpinçon , 1808, Louvre, Paris

La baigneuse Valpinçon, 1808, Louvre, Paris

Close to Ingres is painter Jean François Raffaëlli (1850–1924). Chemin Adanson.

Bust (1910) of Jean by Teresa Feoderovna Ries.

Bust (1910) of Jean by Teresa Feoderovna Ries.

Boulevard Saint-Michel , 1890, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

Boulevard Saint-Michel, 1890, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

The Boulevard , Corcoran Galley, Washington, DC

The Boulevard, Corcoran Galley, Washington, DC

Raffaëlli in his studio

Raffaëlli in his studio

Finally, there is Stéphanie Félicité Ducrest de Saint-Aubin comtesse de Genlis (1746-1831), French writer and pioneer in education. Chemin Laplace, line 8. Originally buried in Mont-Valerien Cemetery, her remains were transferred to Père-Lachaise in 1842.

portrait by Adélaïde Labille-Guiard

portrait by Adélaïde Labille-Guiard

Portrait medallion (1843) of Stéphanie by Edme-Jean-Louis Sornet.

Portrait medallion (1843) of Stéphanie by Edme-Jean-Louis Sornet.