Women Artists of the 18th Century [11/11] - Anne Vallayer-Coster

Anne Vallayer-Coster was accepted into the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in 1770, one of four women accepted prior to the French Revolution. Known for her floral paintings and still lifes, she recived the patronage of Marie Antoinette, and subsequently a space in the Louvre. After the French Revolution and the fall of the monarchy, Vallayer-Coster’s reputation and career suffered.

Anne Vallayer-Coster: Painter to the Court of Marie Antoinette

Amazon: This illustrated volume is devoted to Vallayer-Coster. It presents an array of the artist’s still-life works, along with three royal portraits from the collection of Versailles and a pastel of Marie Antoinette. The authors draw on research to examine Vallayer-Coster’s relationship with landscape painter Joseph Vernet; her response to her immediate predecessor, still-life painter Jean-Simeon Chardin; her role with contemporary collectors of her art; and her place in the larger context of the 18th-century art world. The work also includes archival and conservation findings and an illustrated index of extant paintings by Vallayer-Coster.