Marie Gabrielle Capet by Marie-Gabrielle Capet
Marie Gabrielle Capet by Marie-Gabrielle Capet

Marie-Gabrielle Capet

Marie-Gabrielle Capet (Self-Portrait c1783) by French Painter Marie-Gabrielle Capet (1761 – 1818), who painted in the Neo-Classic Style

This is a beautiful and elegant portrait of a lady; this self portrait by Marie-Gabrielle Capet captures her in all her youthful glory.

This is a retouched digital art reproduction of a public domain image.

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Marie-Gabrielle came from a modest background and in her youth attended a public drawing school located in her town. In 1781, twenty-year-old Capet moved to Paris to become the student of Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (1749–1803), a Neoclassical artist who was admitted to the Royal Academy of Art in 1783.

In 18th Century France, the Royal Academy of Art was responsible for training artists and exhibiting artworks at the Salon that glorified heroic values promoted by the Bourbon monarchy. Until the French Revolution, the Royal Academy of Art in Paris was the central institution for official artistic practice, and limited its number of female students to four at a time.

Capet showed her early work at the Exposition de la jeunesse, and later exhibited at the Salon when it was opened to all artists after the French Revolution. Her body of work included miniature paintings, oil paintings, and pastels, which were praised for their virtuoso draftsmanship and use of colour.

Many of her pastel paintings were portraits, though by 1808 she was regarded as a history painter in her own right; and counted among other customers several members of the royal family, and other members of Paris society, such as the lawyer Pierre-Nicolas Berryer and the playwright Joseph Chénier.

Capet and Labille-Guiard not only enjoyed a professional relationship, but were also close family friends. Capet would move in with her teacher at the Louvre until Labille-Guiard’s death. Even after Adélaïde Labille-Guiard married the painter François Vincent in 1799, Capet continued to live in their home. After Adélaïde Labille-Guiard’s death, Capet lived with her husband until his death in 1816. Upon his death, Capet purchased Labille-Guiard and Vincent’s estate.

Among Marie-Gabrielle Capet best known works are those of Mesdames Adelaide and Victoire, Madame Vincent surrounded by her pupils, Mlle. Mars, and Jean-Antoine Houdon.

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