AGO Toronto acquires Amélie Legrand de Saint-Aubin Portrait

June 14 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The AGO in Toronto have announced their acquisition #mce_temp_url# (<----CLICK HERE FOR A LINK) of Amélie Legrand de Saint-Aubin's Portrait of an Artist Drawing a Landscape in her Sketchbook. The painting, which was acquired through dealer Elliott Fine Art in 2023, dates to 1831 and joins works by other female artists in the gallery including pictures by Florence Carlyle and Mary Ann Alabaster.

According to the article linked above:

Hung inside the gallery dedicated to Fashioning the Woman Artist, Saint-Aubin’s Portrait of an Artist Drawing a Landscape in her Sketchbook (1831) belongs to an important tradition in which women painters pictured women making art. As part of major political changes that occurred during the French Revolution, women were allowed to exhibit in the French Salon, the nation’s premier annual art exhibition, for the first time. [...]

Following Saint-Aubin’s formal artistic training, she exhibited in 17 Salons over the course of her career, with primarily portraits and history paintings – two of the most popular genres at that time. Her reputation steadily grew as more people saw her work and by 1831 or earlier, she began to offer private lessons to students. The sitter in this painting could be one of her students, or a professional peer of Saint-Aubin’s.

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