Vase of Flowers and Conch Shell

Anne Vallayer-Coster French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 632

Vallayer-Coster joined the French Royal Academy in 1770 as a painter of still life, the genre conventionally considered suitable to women artists in eighteenth-century Europe and the lowest of the Academy’s hierarchy of genres. She enjoyed favorable critical opinion throughout her career, as well as the patronage of Queen Marie Antoinette before the Revolution and Empress Josephine after. This painting was probably among the four still lifes and two portraits that Vallayer-Coster exhibited at the Salon of 1781.

Vase of Flowers and Conch Shell, Anne Vallayer-Coster (French, Paris 1744–1818 Paris), Oil on canvas

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