An artist who immortalized the refined style of women’s clothing in the 18th century: Adélaïde Labille-Guiard

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Adélaïde Labille-Guiard

An artist who immortalized the refined style of women’s clothing in the 18th century

Self-portrait with two pupils (1785) – Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (Photo source: commons.wikimedia)

Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, is a French painter, born April 11, 1749 in Paris, and died April 24, 1803 in Paris.
She was the youngest of eight children, of a bourgeois Parisian couple. His father was the owner of the fashion boutique « À la toilette », located rue de la Ferronnerie.
Being a woman, she is excluded from the training provided by painters in their workshops, and unable to follow the teaching alongside young men. She therefore follows only a teaching with teachers accepting to take young girls as pupils against payment.


Portrait of Louise-Elisabeth of France ( Duchess of Parma and Plaisance) with her son (1780) – Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (Photo source: commons.wikimedia)

Adelaide was admitted to the Académie de Saint-Luc in 1769, and in 1783 to the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture.
His portraits of academics are presented at the Salon of 1785, with his Self-portrait (with two students) and portraits of several women of high society. Adelaide was invited to Versailles to portray the ladies of the royal family in 1786.
After the French Revolution (1789) Adelaide set off in search of another clientele, including 14 members of the National Assembly. But terror had forced him to stop painting.
The majority of Adelaide’s works are portraits of women, and the minority are full-length portraits, in her works she gives special care to the clothes.


Madame Adélaïde of France, daughter of Louis XV (1787) – Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (Photo source: commons.wikimedia)
Madame Élisabeth ( last child of the Dauphin Louis and Marie-Josèphe de Saxe and the sister of King Louis XVI) (1788) Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (Photo source: commons.wikimedia)



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