Jules Marie Auguste
Auguste Leroux was born in Paris in 1871; he was a student of Bonnat.
He won the Grand Prix de Rome in 1894.
Leroux exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français beginning
in1898; he became a committee member in 1904. He won a bronze medal
at l’Eposition Universalle in Paris in 1900. He was awarded Chevalier
de la Légion d’Honneur.
Leroux exhibited in many Parisian galleries including Galerie Allard,
Galerie Petit, Galerie Charpentier, and Galerie Mona Lisa.
Leroux executed designs for several public buildings including some
of the images in the mosaics for the church of Sacré-Cour, the
crown of Montmartre.
Leroux was a very successful illustrator of books. His early works were
Symbolist and Art Nouveau, with many allegorical and mythological subjects.
Leroux’s later paintings show exquisite academic training, and
his fascination with the female form. He painted many very realistic
works of ballet dancers in beautiful and detailed interiors.
Recently many works of Auguste Leroux have come to market because of
the sale of the atelier of his family; this is also true of the works
of his son André and daughter Lucienne.