Groundbreaking Female Artists Of The 18th and 19th Century
Female Pioneers Of The Art World!
Meet some of the most famous, in-demand artists of the 18th and 19th century. And yes, they're all women! In an age where most women were turned away from the art industry, these women defied cultural norms to become some of the most sought-after artists of their time.
First up, France's beloved Marie Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun! After studying art at the prestigious Royal Academy, Vigee-Lebrun earned a reputation as Marie Antoinette's favorite painter. Like Vigee-Lebrun, artist Rosa Bonheaur became an established painter and served as a pioneering figure in animal painting and landscapes.
Antoine Hortense Haudebourt-Lescot studied in Italy and began showing her works in Salons shortly thereafter; she soon experienced major critical and commercial success, and even became the favorite painter of The Duchess de Berry! Sarah Miriam Peale followed in her famous father's footsteps, renowned American painter James Peale, but the talented young artist went on to carve out her own career as one of Baltimore's preeminent portrait painters.
And last but not least, Mary Cassatt helped define the impressionist art movement, along with contemporaries, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissaro, and Felix Braquemond. Cassatt worked continuously until the late 19th century, producing everything from impressionistic paintings, etchings, and experimental prints. Cassatt is one of the most studied and influential female artists of all time, with her work permanently on display at New York's premiere Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, Carnegie Museum of Art, and countless institutions worldwide.
Want to learn more about these groundbreaking artists? Read on for more facts, videos, resources, and more!
Watch & Learn! The Life and Work of Mary Cassatt
Learn more about the exciting and rebellious impressionist art movement of which Cassatt was a major figure, and get the inside scoop on her influential stamp on art history in this fascinating podcast/video presentation.
Rosa Bonheur and Her Mark On Nature Paintings
While Rosa Bonheur may get lost in the shuffle of art history, she's made some of the most iconic landscapes and animal paintings. Learn more about her style, her standout attention to light, landscape works, her soulful animal paintings, and her artistic influences in this great video piece by Khan Academy
More Resources On Vigee-Lebrun and 18th Century French Art
Artist biographies are truly fascinating and help give a deeper understanding of an artist's work. Other helpful resources include vibrant art books, interactive software, documentaries, and feature films.
Learn more about this prolific artist who's considered the most recognized female artist of the 18th century!