Jules Cavailles

(1901 - 1977)


Jules Cavailles was a well-known, highly regarded and versatile French painter. He worked in oils, gouache, and pastel with a wide ranging subject matter. His work is represented in many leading collections and museums, including the Modern Art Museum in Paris, and the museums in Toulouse, Albi, Marseilles, Chicago, and Helsinki.


He started as a technical draughtsman during which time he met “le pere Artigue” a friend of the famous artist Henri Martin, who encouraged him to study fine art in Paris. In 1925 he enrolled at the Académie Julian and he began exhibiting at the various Parisian Salons from 1928. To fund his studies he opened a small chemist shop but was soon invited to participate at the Salon des Tuileries and in 1936 he organised the 14th exhibition of the Artistes de ce temps in the Petit-Palais. In the same year he received the prestigious Grant Blumenthal and he was soon awarded the commission to decorate the Pavilion of Languedoc for the Exposition Universelle.




The Museum of Modern Art, Paris

Museum of Marseilles

Museum of Montpellier

Museum of Toulouse

Art Institute Chicago

Museum of Helsinki

Museum of Art, Tel Aviv

Museum of Zurich