Known now from a single painting, she had a long, prolific, and successful career.
It has been claimed that she “gave up painting” after marrying her more famous husband in 1884. Did his best student really stop painting like that?
Her obituary dwelled on grace and charm, dismissing her painting as a leisuretime activity. Here is the last part of her 60 year painting career.
Her time in Florence brought maturity to her work. She then painted a series of major paintings, although you’d be pushed to find any in European collections.
Initially a favourite model, she became an accomplished and original painter in watercolours, whose works were seen across Europe and in the US.
A precocious painter who became more famous in Britain than in her native France, she liked painting powerful animals like oxen and lions.
Her husband’s paintings are in 36 major collections, but hers are only in 4 smaller ones. Are the collections prejudiced against women painters?
A distinctive presumed self-portrait of this exceptional woman painter, cropped close, from an unusual viewpoint, using chiaroscuro, colour, and the most amazing fabric textures.
This Impressionist essay on light, colour, and tranquillity features vivacious brush work; in taking art into everyday family life, it heralds art for all.