Art. Adelaide Labille-Guiard, an amazing portraitist in The French Revolution

Art. Adelaide Labille-Guiard, an amazing portraitist in The French Revolution
Isabel del Rio

Adelaide Labille-Guiard (11 April 1749 – 24 April 1803) was a French miniaturist and portrait painter.

Adelaide Labille-Guiard, an amazing portraitist in The French Revolution

Self-portrait by Adelaide Labille-Guiard

During adolescence, Adelaide studied miniature painting with the oil painter François-Elie Vincent, a family friend and her future father in law. Thus and thanks to her teacher connections, her early works were exhibited at the Académie de Saint-Luc. Afterwards, she studied with Quentin de la Tour.

Her talent was rapidly noticed, and with the help of Vincent, who referred several of his friends in the Royal Academy to her for portraits, she achieved national recognition and was accepted as a member of the Royal Academy of France. One of the first women to be admitted!

Sadly, most of her paintings were lost during the French Revolution, but here, we can admire one of them.

What do you think? It’s a self-portrait with some of her pupils. Beautiful!

Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you! Summer is wonderful!

“Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (1749–1803), a remarkable portraitist, was among the small number of women ever granted membership in the French Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture. Her work was sought out by such diverse figures as the aunts of Louis XVI and the future American president Thomas Jefferson.”

By Laura Auricchio.

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