Marie Gabrielle Capet and Marie Marguerite Carreaux de Rosemond

Adélaïde Labille-Guiard French
Sitter Marie Gabrielle Capet French

Not on view

Labille-Guiard drew this study of her two students in preparation for her life-size "Self-Portrait with Two Pupils of 1785" (on view in Gallery 616). Although the figures are full-length in the painting, this drawing focuses on the placement of the two heads, their proximity to one another, their crossed gazes, and the effects of light and shadow. An advocate for the advancement of women artists, Labille-Guiard argued for the expansion of membership to the Académie Royale beyond the four female members permitted at the time. Unfortunately, with the reforms of the Académie initiated during the Revolution, a faction led by Jacques Louis David decided to ban women entirely.

Marie Gabrielle Capet and Marie Marguerite Carreaux de Rosemond, Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (French, Paris 1749–1803 Paris), Black chalk with stumping, red and white chalks on beige paper

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