Saturday, July 14, 2012

Women Artists & The French Revolution - Marie-Guillemine Benoist 1768–1826

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Marie-Guillemine Benoist (French artist, 1768–1826) Self-Portrait, 1790

Today's earlier posting of the Morning Mother on this blog was painted by Marie-Guillemine Benoist, the daughter of a government official in France. She initially studied with woman artist Vigee-Lebrun, & her earlier works show a distinct influence of her tutor. Benoist later studied with Jacques-Louis David, so that her later images are more Neo-Classical in style. During her lifetime, Benoist produced paintings ranging from inspirational historic themes to touching family portraits. Her works also included subjects sympathetic to contemporary issues, such as her portrait of the African woman painted in 1800, which was inspired by the French decree to abolish slavery. Benoist was commissioned by Napolean to paint his portrait as well as portraits of his family members.

Marie-Guillemine Benoist (French artist, 1768–1826) Il sonno

Marie-Guillemine Benoist (French artist, 1768–1826) Portrait d'une femme noire 1800

Marie-Guillemine Benoist (French artist, 1768–1826) Pauline Bonaparte, Princess Borgehese

Marie-Guillemine Benoist (French artist, 1768–1826) du château de Fontainebleau

Marie-Guillemine Benoist (French artist, 1768–1826) Elisa Bonaparte, Grand Duchess of Tuscany, c 1805
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