Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Women Artists & The French Revolution - Self Portraits by Marie-Gabrielle Capet 1761-1818

Marie-Gabrielle Capet (French artist, 1761-1818) Self Portrait 1783

The daughter of a servant Marie-Gabrielle Capet, who became a celebrated French portrait painter in oils, watercolors, & miniatures, was born at Lyons in 1761. When she was 20, she went to Paris to learn painting from Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (1749-1803), with whom she lived. During her initial year in Paris in 1781, her 1st drawings & pastels were exhibited at the Salon de la Jeunesse. In 1783, she submitted her first oil painting to the salon. From 1785, Capet's major works regularly were exhibited at the Salon of Youth. In 1791, she exhibited her 1st miniatures at the Salon. When her mentor, Labille-Guiard fell ill, Capet took care of her, until her teacher died in 1803. After the French Revolution, the public exhibitions of the Salons were opened to women; & Marie-Gabrielle Capet exhibited works several times.

Marie-Gabrielle Capet (French artist, 1761-1818) Portrait of Mme J L Germain

Marie-Gabrielle Capet (French artist, 1761-1818) Atelier of Madame Vincent (Adelaide Labille-Guiard) 1808

Adelaide Labille-Guiard (French Neoclassical Painter, 1749-1803) Portrait of Mme Marie Gabrielle Capet

Adelaide Labille-Guiard (French Neoclassical Painter, 1749-1803) Self Portrait with Two Students, Marie-Gabrielle Capet and Carreaux de Rosemond. 1785