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Highlighted Programs at the Library

Illustrated Art Lecture: 18th Century Women Painters
Monday, September 29, at 1:00 p.m.

Presented by Ines Powell, Art Historian & Educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Between 1780 and 1810, relatively few French women painters reached impressive heights of artistic achievement. In France, only four women were admitted to the prestigious Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture. Women, even if they were members of the Royal Academy, were barred from attending life-drawing classes, a necessary requisite for artists who wished to become history painters. As a result, women achieved success in other genres, such as portraiture and/or scenes from everyday life. Adélaide Labille-Guiard, Anne Vallayer-Coster and Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun are three women members of the Academy who regularly exhibited at the biennial Salons.