Boulanger was born at Paris in 1824.
He studied with Delaroche and Jollivet, and in 1849
took the Prix de Rome.
His paintings are prime examples of academic art of
the time, particularly history painting.
visited Italy, Greece, and North Africa, and his paintings
reflect his attention to culturally correct details and
skill in rendering the female form.
His works include a
Moorish Cafe (1848), Cæsar at the Rubicon (1865), the
Promenade in the Street of Tombs, Pompeii (1869), and The
Slave Market (1888).
The recipient of many medals, he became
a member of the Institut de France in 1882.
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