artist: labille guiard


Women Artists of the 18th Century [5/11] - Marie-Gabrielle Capet

Marie-Gabrielle Capet was born in Lyon, France in 1761. After the Academy of Art in Paris refused to allow women to train, Capet became a pupil of Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, aged twenty. During the 1780’s she exhibited many pastel portrait paintings and counted French royalty among her customers, along with other influencial members of Parisian society.

A non-exhaustive list of books about European female artists of the 18th century.


  • Royalists to Romantics: Women Artists from the Louvre, Versailles, and other French National Collections by Laura Aurrichio
  • Women, Art and the Politics of Identity in Eighteenth-Century Europe by Melissa Hyde
  • Adelaide Labille-Guiard: Artist in the Age of Revolution by Laura Auricchio
  • Vigee Le Brun by Katharine Baetjer, Joseph Baillio, and Paul Lang
  • Angelica Kauffman: Art and Sensibility by Angela Rosenthal
  • Anne Vallayer Coster: Painter to the Court of Marie Antoinette by Eik Kanhg
  • Divided Affections The Extraordinary Life of Maria Cosway by Carol Brunell
  • The Life of Anne Damer: Portrait of a Regency Artist by Jonathan David Gross


  • The Fountain of St. James Court; or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman: A Novel by Sena Jeter Naslund

Self-Portrait with Two Pupils, Marie Gabrielle Capet (1761–1818) and Marie Marguerite Carreaux de Rosemond (died 1788)
Artist: Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (French, Paris 1749–1803 Paris)
Date: 1785
Medium: Oil on canvas

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