Paris 7°, March 6th 1836 – January 23rd 1912, Paris 10°
As jeweler located 12 Boulevard Magenta in Paris, an artistic path was not the first choice of Jules Paulin Lorillon.
On February 1st 1862, in Versailles, Jules Paulin Lorillon married Reine Clémence Buffa, born in Paris on 1844 (jeweler as well and dead in Ecouen on July 29th 1907). In 1862, they get one son, Paul Jean-Baptiste.
Quite late, he became interested in painting and decided to be a student of Adrien Jacques Sauzay (1841-1928) and Alexis Daligé de Fontenay (1813-1892).
In 1881, being 45 years old, he exhibited for the first time at the Salon de Paris, showing “Champ de blé à Auvers” (Wheat field in Auvers). He exhibited again in 1882, 1885, 1887 and, for the last time, in 1888.
Jules Paulin Lorillon arrives in Ecouen on August 14th 1890. He buys for 41500 F a very large property close to the castle, including a mansion and a park (today being Parc Charles-de-Gaulle). After this, he travers between his Ecouen house, his apartment in Paris and an other house he owns at Beaulieu-sur-Mer (on the French Riviera).
Most of the Jules Paulin Lorillon paintings are showing landscapes.
The Ecouen City archives are showing how much Jules Paulin Lorillon was involved in the village life and how well he was integrated into it. In June 1890, he is elected in charge of the school committee and takes part of the city council. In 1896, he lends 500 F to the village for the installation of the telephone. In 1906, he gives to the village of Ecouen his famous painting “Champ de blé à Auvers” (Wheat field in Auvers). It can be see today in the city council meeting room.
Jules Paulin Lorillon dies in Ecouen on October 23rd 1926. On his will, he gives an annuity of 3600 F to his servant to take care of his cemetery monument and 100000 F to the Ecouen relief committee. As of recognition, one street of the village is officially named “Lorillon street”.
For further information, please read the book “L’Ecole d’Ecouen, une colonie de peintres au XIXéme siècle”, unfortunately only available in French for the time being (but we are working on it).