Hawkins, Louis Welden
|born on||1 July 1849 at 09:45 (= 09:45 AM )|
|Place||Esslingen, Germany, 48n45, 9e16|
|Timezone||LMT m9e16 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||09°20' 23°35 Asc. 12°12'|
German-born English-French Symbolist painter, who became famous because of his fine and dreamy female portraits.
His mother was an Austrian Baroness, his father an Englishman. Hawkins moved soon to France and later took French nationality. He attended the Académie Julian in Paris, as a pupil of William Bouguereau, Jules Lefebvre and Gustave Boulanger.
He rose to fame after his expositions in the Salon de la Société des Artistes Francais. His first works were shown in the Salon in 1881. After that, expositions followed at the Salon de la Société des Beaux Artes (1894–1911), the Salon de la Rose-Croix (1894–1895) and La Libre Esthétique in Brussels.
He maintained close relationships with the writers involved in the Symbolist movement: Jean Lorrain, Paul Adam, Laurent Tailhade, Robert de Montesquiou, and Stéphane Mallarmé.
He lived for a period with Camille Pelletan, a radical socialist politician, and he continued to move in radical circles. In his Portrait of Séverine (1895), he shows a popular journalist, Caroline Rémy (1855-1929) who was a famous defender of humanitarian causes. He was also friendly with artists such as James Abbott McNeill Whistler and Auguste Rodin, whose portrait he painted.
Louis Welden Hawkins spent his last years in Brittany, where he painted mostly landscapes. He died in Paris on 1 May 1910 at age 60 and was honoured a year later at the Salon Nationale.
- friend relationship with Adam, Paul (born 7 December 1862)
- friend relationship with De Montesquiou, Robert (born 19 March 1855)
- friend relationship with Lorrain, Jean (born 9 August 1855)
- friend relationship with Mallarmé, Stéphane (born 18 March 1842)
- friend relationship with Rodin, Auguste (born 12 November 1840)
- friend relationship with Tailhade, Laurent (born 16 April 1854)
- friend relationship with Whistler, James McNeill (born 10 July 1834)
- (has as) teacher relationship with Bouguereau, William (born 30 November 1825)
- (has as) teacher relationship with Boulanger, Gustave (born 25 April 1824)
Sy Scholfield provided Lutheran Church birth and baptism registry entry (1849, page 44, no. 294).
- Lifestyle : Social Life : Groups (Salons)
- Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate
- Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Painter)