The downtrodden Ecole des Beaux Arts, (The School of Fine Arts, the full name of which is properly: l'école nationale supérieure des beaux-arts) is undergoing refurbishment. Our research took us there on a gloriously sunny spring day in which the new paint vibrated with an almost conscious beauty.
We were on the trail of one who had been a student there in the late nineteenth century. The hunt took us to the library, where we were surrounded by an embarrassment of helpful librarians. We gave the name of the man and approximate dates of his attendance. Very quickly, they found him in their database and then flurried about the shelves bringing us a plethora of books that contained mentions of him, his works, his years at the school, etc. The willingness to be of help and the information provided were most impressive. Genealogically, we gleaned a more precise date of birth and an address that enabled our search of Paris records to be much more fruitful. We also learned the name of a brother who had attended the school as well.
Should your ancestor have been either a student or a professor at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, it would be possible to learn much more about him or her by visiting, ringing or writing to the library.
Bibliothèque de l'Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts
14 rue Bonaparte
tel: (+33) 1 47 03 50 00
Métro: Saint-Germain des Prés
Hours: Mondays: 14.00 to 18.30; Tuesdays through Fridays: 11.00 to 18.30
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