Art & Culture

National School of Fine Arts in Paris

Paris and art are synonym-words, what, perhaps, is not a secret to anyone who knows even if a little about history of this city. Thousands of painters and sculptors worked here, and among them were truly great masters. For a long time young and talented people come to the French capital for inspiration and knowledge, passed on from their famous colleagues. And one of the places where young artists have received and continue to receive now artistic education is the National School of Fine Arts (École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts).

This school was founded in 1671 thanks to the patronage of Colbert (firstly the building was right in front of the Louvre) and later it had been extended by joining of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, created by Charles Le Brun in 1648. Historically, the school is considered a major stronghold of French classicism in art.

The high status of the School of Fine Arts is corroborated by the fact that among its graduates were such legendary artists as Delacroix, Fragonard, Gericault, David, Degas, Seurat, Renoir, Boucher, Monet…

Moreover, until recently, the architectural department existed at the School, which was abolished only in 1968. For example, its graduate Charles Garnier (does this name remind you anything?) has created a style of architecture «Beaux-Arts» in the mid-nineteenth century, named after the school («beaux-arts» in French is «fine arts»).

The current building of the National High School of Fine Arts is located on the Left Bank of Seine in a famous Paris district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The author of its architectural design was Felix Duban, and parts of ruined buildings from different places of France were used in the construction, what gave to the building a unique originality and connected it with different historical epochs.

The school is an active institution and if you feel the talent of painter or sculptor, it is a great place to learn new skills and start a career in the art world.