Saturday, July 14, 2012

Women Artists & The French Revolution - Marguerite Gérard 1761-1837

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François Dumont (1751-1831) Portrait of Marguerite Gérard (French artist, 1761-1837) at age 32

Marguerite Gérard was a French painter & etcher. She was the daughter of Marie Gilette & perfumer Claude Gérard. After the death of her mother in 1775, she went to live with her sister Marie-Anne & her artist husband Jean-Honoré Fragonard in their apartment at the Louvre. She lived there for the next 30 years as his pupil. Before the Revolution her patrons were fellow painters like Hubert Robert, musicians like Grétry, & architects. She painted no royalty, no Marie-Antoinette, no aristocrats, but educated, wealthy bourgeois. Marguerite Gérard was no Court painter. She stayed safely away from political themes, & the French Revolution does not seem to have directly impacted Marguerite’s career. She produced intimate domestic genre scenes as well as portraits & was one of France's first successful female artists.

Marguerite Gérard (French artist, 1761-1837)

Marguerite Gérard (French artist, 1761-1837) Dors, mon enfant (Sleep my child) c 1783

Marguerite Gérard (French artist, 1761-1837) La bonne nouvelle

Marguerite Gérard (French artist, 1761-1837) La mauvaise nouvelle

Marguerite Gérard (French artist, 1761-1837) Le petit messager

Marguerite Gérard (French artist, 1761-1837) Mme de Staël et sa fille c 1805)

Marguerite Gérard (French artist, 1761-1837) Peintre faisant le portrait d'une joueuse de luth (Painter when painting a portrait of a lute player)
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