Paul de Longpre (1855-1911)
Paul de Longpre was born in Lyon, France, in 1855 to an aristocratic family. As Lyon was the center of the France’s textile industry, there was great call for floral artists, and young Paul was likely well exposed to the craft. By the age of 12, Paul de Longpre was earning an income painting floral designs on fans. His formal studies were at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, and by the age of 21 he had a painting accepted in the prestigious Paris Salon.
De Longpre was well known in France when he brought his family to New York in 1890. In the States, de Longpre’s successes were many, and he ultimately moved to Los Angeles in 1899 as a relatively wealthy man. In Los Angeles, de Longpre built an impressive Moorish mansion complete with acres of rose gardens, which themselves became a tourist attraction.
A prolific artist, de Longpre sent his works back to New York for exhibition and sale, and many of his works were published as chromolithographic prints. A seemingly tireless individual, Paul de Longpre died at the age of 56, from what many called overwork.