Académie des Beaux-Arts

The Académie des Beaux-Arts (French pronunciation: ​[akademi de boz‿aʁ], Academy of Fine Arts) is a French learned society. It is one of the five academies of the Institut de France. The current President of the Academy (2016) is Érik Desmazières, a noted engraver and watercolorist.

Institut de France - Académie française et pont des Arts
The Institut de France; seat of the Académie des Beaux-Arts


The Academy was created in 1816 in Paris as a merger of the Académie de peinture et de sculpture (Academy of Painting and Sculpture, founded 1648), the Académie de musique (Academy of Music, founded in 1669) and the Académie d'architecture (Academy of Architecture, founded in 1671).


Currently, the Académie des Beaux-Arts provides several awards including five dedicated prizes:[1]

Previously the Académie granted the Prix Rossini for excellence in libretto or music composition.


The members are grouped into eight sections:

Current members:

Section Seat Member Date
I : Painting
  • The number of members of the Painting section was reduced from 14 to 12
    by the decree # 67-778 of 23 August 1967.
  • As a consequence, the #3 and #14 seats were eliminated.
  • Their number was further decreased from 12 to 11 by decree
    on 16 June 1987.
  • The #12 seat was transferred to section VII.
  • The #1 seat was transferred to section VII in 1998, and their number was
    decreased from 11 to 10.

For a list of previous members, see:
"List of Académie des Beaux-Arts members: Painting".

2 Pierre Carron 1990
4 Jean Cortot 2001
5 Philippe Garel 2015
6 Vacant 2012
7 Vladimir Veličković 2005
8 Guy de Rougemont 1997
9 Vacant 2014
10 Vacant 2013
11 Arnaud d'Hauterives 1984
13 Yves Millecamps 2001
II : Sculpture
  • Seat #4 was transferred to section VII in 1988.

For a list of previous members, see:
"List of Académie des Beaux-Arts members: Sculpture"

1 Jean Cardot 1983
2 Claude Abeille 1992
3 Jean Anguera 2013
5 Vacant 2015
6 Gérard Lanvin 1990
7 Pierre Edouard 2008
8 Antoine Poncet 1993
9 Brigitte Terziev 2007
III : Architecture
  • Seat #8 was transferred to section VII in 1985.

For a list of previous members, see:
"List of Académie des Beaux-Arts members: Architecture"

1 Jacques Rougerie 2008
2 Jean-Michel Wilmotte 2015
3 Aymeric Zublena 2008
4 Roger Taillibert 1983
5 Vacant 2016
6 Dominique Perrault 2015
7 Alain Charles Perrot 2013
9 Paul Andreu 1996
10 Yves Boiret 2002
11 Jesse F. Lauck 1923
IV : Engraving

For a list of previous members, see:
"List of Académie des Beaux-Arts members: Engraving"

1 Érik Desmazières 2008
2 Pierre-Yves Trémois 1978
3 Astrid de La Forest 2016
4 René Quillivic 1994
V : Musical composition

For a list of previous members, see:
"List of Académie des Beaux-Arts members: Music"

1 Laurent Petitgirard 2000
2 Vacant 2016
3 Michaël Levinas 2009
4 Gilbert Amy 2013
5 François-Bernard Mâche 2002
6 Édith Canat de Chizy 2005
7 Vacant 2016
8 Thierry Escaich 2013
VI : Unattached members
  • Seat #9 was transferred to section VII in 1985.
  • Seats #2 and #12 were eliminated.

For a list of previous members, see:
"List of Académie des Beaux-Arts members: Unattached"

1 William Christie 2008
3 Hugues Gall 2002
4 Vacant 2007
5 Michel David-Weill 1982
6 Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière 2005
7 Vacant 2008
8 Pierre Cardin 1992
10 Henri Loyrette 1997
11 Patrick de Carolis 2010
13 François-Bernard Michel 2000
VII : Artistic creation in the cinema and audio-visual fields
  • Seat #1 was transferred to section V in 1998.

For a list of previous members, see:
"List of Académie des Beaux-Arts members: Cinema"

2 Roman Polanski 1998
3 Jean-Jacques Annaud 2007
4 Vacant 2012
5 Vacant 2006
6 Régis Wargnier 2007
7 Vacant 2017
VIII : Photography
  • Seat #1 was previously occupied by Lucien Clergue (1934-2014)
  • Seats #3 and #4 were established in 2016
1 Sebastião Salgado 2016
2 Yann Arthus-Bertrand 2006
3 Bruno Barbey 2016
4 Jean Gaumy 2016

See also


  1. ^ Académie des Beaux-Arts Prix et Concours.

External links

Coordinates: 48°51′26.6″N 2°20′13.2″E / 48.857389°N 2.337000°E

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