Jules Besson

Jules Gustave Besson (1 August 1868 in Paris ?) was a French painter. He was a pupil of Alexandre Cabanel, Élie Delaunay, and particularly Gustave Moreau at the Beaux-Arts, Paris, but did not follow his teacher's style.[1]

In his fifties he moved to Indochina. He won the Prix de l'Indochine in 1925 and in 1926 succeeded André Joyeux as director of the école d'arts appliqués at Gia Dinh.[2][3] His students in Saigon were not as numerous or as influential as those of his contemporary Victor Tardieu at the EBAI in Hanoi, but their works left a vivid record of life in the south of Vietnam and Cambodia. The school also encouraged the students in the art of photography.[4] He was succeeded at the school by the third director, Stéphane Brecq (18941955).



  1. The International studio: Volumes 21-22 1904 "Jules Gustave Besson is a pupil of Gustave Moreau, which may seem surprising at first, seeing that here we find ourselves face to face with a talent essentially different from that of the master — a talent which would seem to owe nothing to the .. It cannot be disputed, of course, that Besson adopts a formula of realistic art which is at the very antipodes of the idealism whereto Moreau was always devoted ; he abandons the forms of legend and of dream which live in Moreau's work, "
  2. L'Indochine: un lieu d'échange culturel? : les peintres français ... Nadine André-Pallois, École française d'Extrême-Orient - 1997 "Après André Joyeux, Jules Besson, Stéphane Brecq (dates non connues) est à son tour nommé au poste de directeur de l'école d'arts appliqués de Gia Dinh (1940-1942).
  3. Vietnam à travers l'architecture coloniale Arnauld Le Brusq, Léonard de Selva - 1999 "Durant les années 1930, son directeur, le peintre Jules Besson dirige la réalisation ..."
  4. Vietnam.net Photography exhibition of the students of Gia Dinh
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