Academie ranson


It was founded in Paris in 1908 by Paul Ranson (1862-1909), who had been a student at the Academie Julian, and who, along with his wife, was a great admirer of the work of Paul Gaughin. Ranson died a year after the school opened, and his wife, France Ranson, took over as Director. It was first on Rue Henri Monnier in the 9th Arrondissement, and then on Rue Joseph Bara in the Montparnasse District. Enrollment was flexible, from a week to a year, and among the teachers were Maurice Denis, Paul Serusier and Edouard Vuillard. These teachers reflected the Nabi movement and were influential in the school's being a proponent of that style: simplification of line and color and emphasis on decoration. Beginning 1914, World War I depleted the supply of teachers, but the school survived with many alumni taking over. It closed for several years during World War II, re-opened from 1951 to 1955, and then closed that year. Source: