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Artist: Bouliar, Marie-Geneviève 1 of 1

Self-Portrait, 1792

Marie-Geneviève Bouliar
French, 1763-1825
Oil on canvas
21-7/8 x 18-1/8 in. (55.5 x 46 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

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Marie-Geneviève Bouliar was one of a small number of women artists to receive public recognition in 18th-century France. The daughter of a tailor, she learned to paint under the guidance of the acclaimed portraitist Joseph-Siffred Duplessis. Early in her career, Bouliar was among the first generation of women to exhibit their work in the Parisian Salon, and she won the Prix d’Encouragement (Encouragement Prize). Soon after, the government provided her with a rent-free studio in the Louvre, indicating official recognition of her talent.

Bouliar’s portraits are characterized by a sense of sincerity, warmth and informality. Unlike her mentor Duplessis, Bouliar preferred to paint her sitters facing forward. Here, the gentle tilt of her head and the slightly disheveled scarf add a freshness and immediacy to this intimate self-portrait.

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