Guided tour at the Musée du Luxembourg

Exhibition "Women Painters, 1780-1830. Birth of a fight"


Through 70 works, the exhibition "Women Painters, 1780-1830. Birth of a struggle" highlights numerous artists, active from the end of the Ancien Régime to the Restoration, famous in their time, but largely and unjustly forgotten since. You will be guided by Martine Lacas, the exhibition curator, through the works of these talented painters, who developed complex and clever strategies to be recognized as professionals and to live from their art !

To know

The exhibition addresses the invisibility of women artists by the history of art but also the phenomena that allowed their insertion on the art scene of their time and the strategies they have put in place to assert themselves. The works presented at the Musée du Luxembourg thus testify to the quality of the artists as much as to their struggles. That of certain women painters "prevented" in the name of their gender. However, many of them enjoyed recognition at the time. The invisibility which struck them was built during the course of the history and must be fought today!

Through four sections, "the right to be a painter", "the apprenticeship", "the Salon" and "I, painter", the Musée du Luxembourg gives voice to the controversies, the multiplicity, the singularity and the heterogeneity of the points of view, so that one day we will no longer have to specify "women painters". 

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Practice info:

Monday July 12 at 7:15 pm.

Your name will be on the list at the entrance of the establishment.

Luxembourg Museum
19 rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris
Don't forget your mask !

Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, Self-portrait with two pupils, Marie-Gabrielle Capet and Marie-Marguerite Carreaux de Rosemond, 1785, oil on canvas, 210.8 x 151.1 cm, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art © The MET

Adrienne-Marie-Louise Grandpierre-Deverzy, The Workshop of Abel de Pujol, 1822, oil on canvas, 96 x 129 cm, France, Paris, Musée Marmottan Monet © Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris, France/Bridgeman Images

19 rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris