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The art of Julien Champagne, 1877–1932


An obscure occult artist even among catalogues of obscure occult artists, Julien Champagne (also listed as Jean-Julian) is known principally for his associations with the persistently elusive 20th century alchemist Fulcanelli. Champagne provided a frontispiece (below) for Fulcanelli’s examination of architectural symbolism, Le Mystère des Cathédrales (1926), and is continually rumoured to have been Fulcanelli himself. Whatever the solution to that mystery, the alchemist’s book is rather more visible than the artist’s distinctly Symbolist paintings. There’s a French blog devoted to his life and works here but little else around. I wouldn’t mind seeing a decent online gallery of his pictures at some point.


Previously on { feuilleton }
Digital alchemy
The art of Pamela Colman Smith, 1878–1951
The art of Andrey Avinoff, 1884–1949
The art of Cameron, 1922–1995
Austin Osman Spare



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3 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by JULIEN CHAMPAGNE


    Hi John

    Many thanks for your interest in my paintings and drawings. Best,


  2. #2 posted by Thombeau


    Wow. Thanks for once again opening my eyes to something wonderful!

  3. #3 posted by Kyle


    Hi :) Who’s paintings are these? Didn’t Julien pass away in 1932? I’m looking for the 2 missing illustrations by Julien from the latest printing of Le Mystere des Cathedrales. thank you :)






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