NMWA and France
French women artists occupy an important place in the permanent collection of the museum. Artists represented include Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun, Adélaïde Labille-Guillard, Marguerite Gérard, Rosa Bonheur, Suzanne Valadon, Camille Claudel… and our “Women to Watch” of 2013 and 2015, Laure Tixier and Françoise Pétrovitch . Mrs Holladay, the museum’s founder, was decorated with the Légion d’Honneur by the French government in recognition of her contribution to the cultural exchanges between France and the US.
The museum regularly organizes temporary exhibits with French artists, notably in 2012, with the exhibit crowning the museum’s 25th anniversary, Royalists to Romantics : Women Artists from the Louvre, Versailles and Other French National Collections. This exhibit highlighted the remarkable accomplishments of 18th and 19th century French women artists during the period between 1750 and 1848.
Featuring over 75 paintings and sculptures, coming from collections of the Louvre, Versailles, Fontainebleau and other French museums, the exhibit offered the opportunity for the public to discover the works of over 30 French women artists exhibited together for the first time (artists such as Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, Adélaide Labille-Guillard et Anne Vallayer-Coster) and to better understand their extraordinary contributions.
Other exhibits with French artists at NMWA: