Female Royalty and Women Painters in the Late Ancien Régime
Bernadette Fort, Northwestern University
Focusing on reviews of the exhibitions of the Royal Academy in the late 1780s and in particular on portraits of female royal figures by E. Vigée Le Brun and A. Labille-Guiard, this works-in-progress paper examines the intersection of gender, aesthetics, and politics in the cultural realm on the eve of the French Revolution. It argues that art criticism of the period represents an important discursive site in which the issue of female representation in the political and visual fields was fiercely debated.
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