Women Rococo Artists:
Adelaide Labille-Guiard, Elizabeth Vigée-Lebrun, and Marguerite Gérard

The Rococo period is distinguished by many artistic development and innovations, but perhaps none is more astonishing than the unexpected appearance of women artists. In an age of aristocratic privilege, it was perhaps not suprising that the wives and daughters of the priviledged classes would want to be immortalized in art. But it still surprises to learn that many of these "non-liberated" aristocrats preferred to be painted not by the leading male painters, but by women artists. This page contains representative samples from three prominant woman artists of the Rococo Age.

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Labille-Guiard, Adelaide


 Vigée-Lebrun, Elizabeth




The following two pictures are by a third woman, Marguerite Gérard (1761-1837), who although never as popular as Labille-Guiard or Vigée-Lebrun, excelled in the genre area.

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The First Step (1785)

 The Happy Household (1800)



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