Marguerite Gérard (1761-1837, French)

Marguerite Gérard became famous for producing oil paintings and etchings under the unofficial apprenticeship of her brother-in-law, Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806), a famous Rococo artist.  Perhaps it was Fragonard who influenced Gérard in the inclusion of cats in her paintings, as he himself was known to paint portraits of women with cats.  Gérard never married possibly preferring to devote her life to her art.  Even though she turned down a place in the prestigious Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, she is best known for her intimate domestic scenes for which she earned three medals.  One of the leading women artists in France at the time, she also exhibited her works at the Paris Salon from 1799-1824, when women were finally allowed to exhibit alongside their male counterparts.  Moreover, both Napoleon and Louis XVII purchased her paintings making her a popular artist amongst the upper class.   Gérard’s style is visibly influenced by the Dutch genre painters of the 17th century and in particular Gabriel Metsu (1629-1667), who also added wiley felines to his canvases. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mutterschaft Marguerite_Gérard1795-1800 Oil on Canvas 51x61cm Pushkin Museum, Russia cats in art

Mutterschaft
Marguerite Gérard
1795-1800
Oil on Canvas
51x61cm
Pushkin Museum, Russia

 

 

 

Le Chat Angora Marguerite Gérard and Jean Honore Fragonard 1780 Bernheimer Fine Old Masters Kunsthandel

Le Chat Angora
Marguerite Gérard and Jean Honore Fragonard
1780
Bernheimer Fine Old Masters Kunsthandel

 

Le Chat Angora Detail

Le Chat Angora
Detail


La Dame avec Son Chat Marguerite Gérard Oil on Canvas Private Collection, Germany

La Dame avec Son Chat
Marguerite Gérard
Oil on Canvas
Private Collection, Germany

 

L'Elève Intéressante Marguerite Gérard Oil on Canvas Private Collection

L’Elève Intéressante
Marguerite Gérard
Oil on Canvas
Private Collection

 


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