Saturday, July 14, 2012

Women Artists & The French Revolution - Geneviève Bouliard 1763-1825

. Marie-Geneviève Bouliard (French artist, 1763-1825)

Marie-Genevieve Bouilard was a Parisian portrait painter whose career lasted over 30 years. She was the daughter of a dressmaker, & she never married. She learned from Siffred Joseph Duplessis. Her portraits were extrememly popular during the French Revolution. She won special recognition at the Salon of 1794, where non academics were allowed to exhibit at the Louvre. Her historical allegory of Aspasia was an important symbol for women seeking self-determination; as Aspasia, the wife of Pericles, taught the art of oratory & policy to women as well as men. Bouilard chose to portray herself as Aspasia, as a mirror reflection of a woman who was a respected philosopher in an era, when women were almost unilaterally illiterate & denied even basic civil rights.

Marie-Geneviève Bouliard (French artist, 1763-1825) Self Portrait as Aspasia 1794

Marie-Geneviève Bouliard (French artist, 1763-1825) Self Portrait

Marie-Geneviève Bouliard (French artist, 1763-1825) Portrait de M. Olive et de sa famille 1791-92

Marie-Geneviève Bouliard (French artist, 1763-1825) Portrait of Artist Adélaïde Binart (1771-1832) wife of Alexandre Lenoir 1797
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