Upcoming: Adélaïde Labille-Guiard Biography

February 8 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A new biography of the artist Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (1749–1803) is coming out in May. Portrait of a Woman was written by Bridget Quinn, who has published several books on the subject of women artists and their place in art history.

According to the publisher's blurb:

Born in Paris in 1749, Adélaïde Labille-Guiard rose from shopkeeper's daughter to an official portraitist of the royal court-only to have her achievements reduced to ash by the French Revolution. While she defied societal barriers to become a member of the exclusive Académie Royale and a mentor for other ambitious women painters, she left behind few writings, and her legacy was long overshadowed by celebrated portraitist and memoirist Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun. But Adélaïde Labille-Guiard's story lives on. In this engaging biography, Bridget Quinn applies her insightful interpretation of art history to Labille-Guiard's life. She offers a fascinating new perspective on the artist's feminism, her sexuality, and her.

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