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George David Coulon

Born: Nov 14, 1822

Death: Jan 1, 1904

Birthplace: Seloncourt

Nationality: United States

George David Coulon

Date of Birth : Nov 14, 1822
Date of Death : Jan 1, 1904
Birth Place : Seloncourt

George David Coulon was a French-born artist born in Seloncourt. When he was ten years old, his family moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. According to Coulon, "as a child, I made drawings and colored them with indigo, the juice of herbs and berries." His father, Georges-Louis Coulon, wanted him to apprentice in his watchmaker shop, but after a few trial months, he decided to follow his "natural inclination." He studied in New Orleans with Toussaint Bigot, Louis David, Francois Fleischbein, Julien Hudson, and Jacques Amans and in Paris, France with Anne-Louis Girodet. He received instruction in decorative painting under Antonio Mondelli. Coulon assisted Leon Pomarede in painting a copy of Raphael’s Transfiguration above the altar of St. Patrick’s Church and helped fresco the ceiling of the criminal court in the Cabildo. Known for his landscapes, portraits, and religious paintings, Coulon worked as an artist and teacher in New Orleans for more than fifty years. He was one of the founders of the Southern Art Union and the Artists' Association of New Orleans.

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