Alexandre Cabanel (French: [kabanɛl]; 28 September 1823, Montpellier – 23 January 1889) was a French painter. He painted historical, classical and religious subjects in the academic style. He was also well known as a portrait painter. According to Diccionario Enciclopedico Salvat, Cabanel is the best representative of the L'art pompier and Napoleon III's preferred painter.
Cabanel entered the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris at the age of seventeen, and studied with François-Édouard Picot. He exhibited at the Paris Salon for the first time in 1844, and won the Prix de Rome scholarship in 1845 at the age of 22. Cabanel was elected a member of the Institute in 1863. He was appointed professor at the École des Beaux-Arts in 1864 and taught there until his death.
Born: September 28, 1823; Montpellier, France
- Died: January 23, 1889 Nationality: French
- Art Movement: Academic Art Field: painting
- Influenced on: Paul-Albert Besnard
- Pupils: Aristide Maillol, Henri Gervex, Rodolfo Amoedo, Antonio de La Gándara, Benjamin Constant, Henri Regnault, Lionel Noel Royer, Solomon Joseph Solomon, Émile Friant, Hippolyte Petitjean
- Art institution: Académie des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
- Friends and Co-workers: Francesc Masriera