Académie des Beaux-Arts

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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  [ Wikidata ], a noted engraver and watercolorist.



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.



Constituted around the notion of multidisciplinarity, the Académie des Beaux-Arts brings together sixty-three members within nine artistic sections, sixteen foreign associate members and sixty-three corresponding members.

The members are grouped into nine sections:

Current members:

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
7 Vladimir Veličković 2005
8 Guy de Rougemont 1997
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
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
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
3 Michaël Levinas 2009
4 Gilbert Amy 2013
5 François-Bernard Mâche 2002
6 Édith Canat de Chizy 2005
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
5 Michel David-Weill 1982
6 Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière 2005
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 Coline Serreau 2018
5 Jacques Perrin 2016
6 Régis Wargnier 2007
7 Frédéric Mitterrand 2019
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
IX : Choreography1 Thierry Malandain 2019
2 Blanca Li 2019
3 Angelin Preljocaj 2019
4 Vacant
Foreign associate members1 Antonio López García 2012
2 Vacant (Philippe Roberts-Jones) 2016
3 S.A. Cheikha Mozah 2007
4 S.A. Prince Karim Aga Khan IV 2007
5 Vacant (Ieoh Ming Pei) 2019
6 Vacant (Ousmane Sow) 2016
7 Léonard Gianadda 2001
8 Vacant (Andrzej Wajda) 2016
9 Vacant (William Chattaway) 2019
10 Woody Allen 2004
11 Norman Foster 2007
12 Jiří Kylián 2018
13 Vacant (Ilias Lalaounis) 2013
14 Seiji Ozawa 2001
15 S.M.I. Farah Pahlavi 1973
16 Philippe de Montebello 2012

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