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Self Portrait by Anne Vallayer-Coster, 1783, France
Notes from WIKIPEDIA

"Anne Vallayer-Coster (1744 – 1818) was an 18th-century French painter. Known as a prodigy artist, at a young age, she achieved fame and recognition very early in her career, being admitted to the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture in 1770, at the age of twenty-six.

"Despite the negative reputation that still life painting had at this time, Vallayer-Coster’s highly developed skills, especially in the depiction of flowers, soon generated a great deal of attention from collectors and other artists. Her “precocious talent and the rave reviews” earned her the attention of the court, where Marie Antoinette took a particular interest in Vallayer-Coster's paintings.

"Regardless of her closeness to the ancient régime and France's hated monarch she survived the bloodshed of the French Revolution. However, the fall of the French monarchy, which were her primary patrons, caused her banishment into the shadows."


Instruments of Music
by Anne Verlayer Coster, 1770
Illustration Notes from
DICTIONARY OF WOMEN ARTISTS

ed. by Delia Gaze

"It was as a painter of still life that Verlayer-Coster first achieved prominence. Somewhat exceptionally, she was approved and received into the Academy on the same day, 28 July, 1770, on the basis of two imposing public pieces of virtuoso painting, Allegory of the Arts (1769) and Instruments of Music (1770), both Louvre, Paris. These subjects had been painted by Chardin and, superficially, the compostion might seem to follow the lead he had set. In manner and technique, however, quite different. Texture, colour and the application of paint are rich, sensuously tactile and serve to embellish the richness of the visual display."

White Bowl by Anne Verlayer Coster
The White Bowl (1771)
by Anne Verlayer Coster
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