Jean François Portaels
(1818 - 1895)
Jean François Portaels was active/lived in Belgium, France. Jean Portaels is known for Orientalist painting, figure and genre, teaching.
Biography Jean François Portaels
Jean-François Portaels (3 April 1818 - 8 February 1895) was a Belgian orientalist painter and director of the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.
Portaels was born in Vilvoorde. His father, a rich brewer, sent him to study at the Royal Academy, whose director, François Navez, took him on soon after in his own workshop. About 1841 Portaels went to Paris, where he was well received by Paul Delaroche.
After his return to Belgium, he won the Grand Prix de Rome in 1842. He then travelled through Italy, Greece, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, the Lebanon, Judaea, Spain, Hungary and Norway. On his return to Belgium in 1847 Portaels succeeded H. Vanderhaert as Director of the Academy in Ghent.
In 1849 he married the daughter
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