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NMWA Presents Salon Style Jan. 29–May 22, 2016

Jan 13 2016

Portraiture by women artists of 18th-century France 

WASHINGTON—The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) presents Salon Style: French Portraits from the Collection, on view Jan. 29–May 22, 2016. Drawn from NMWA’s collection, this spotlight exhibition presents portraiture by 18th-century French women artists, who struggled past barriers, including a lack of training opportunities, negative public opinion, and political turmoil, to attain professional success. The exhibition features artists Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, Marie-Victoire Lemoine, Élisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun, Marie-Geneviève Navarre and Rosalba Carriera.

The preeminent exhibition venue for artists in 18th-century France was the biennial Paris salon of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture. The Academy was modeled after earlier Italian academies that sought to separate and elevate painters and sculptors above crafters such as masons, wood carvers, and textile workers. Membership marked artists as professionals and bestowed a royal stamp of approval.

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