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Marie Bracquemond
An impressionist's legacy buried by abuse

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Portrait of Marie Bracquemond

Marie Anne Caroline Quivoron had her first painting accepted to the Salon in 1857. Though she moved often as a child, and had no formal artistic training, this first success proved her work ethic and careful eye. Her acceptance in the salon earned her an invitation to work in Ingres’s studio—where she butted heads with the master.

“He wished to impose limits. He would assign to them [women] only the painting of flowers, of fruits, of still lifes, portraits and genre scenes... I wish to work at painting, not to paint some flowers, but to express those feelings that art inspires in me.” It would not be the last time she struggled with domineering men.

In 1869, Marie married Félix Bracquemond, a well known engraver and friend of the impressionists. Through Félix, Marie met Gauguin, Monet, and Degas and became a confidant and collaborator within the young movement. She participated in the impressionist exhibitions of 1879, 1880, and 1886, and as her skills and recognition grew, so did the ire of her husband Félix.

Marie and Félix had a son, Pierre. In 1870, Pierre was taught to paint by his mother, and was a witness to his fathers’s destructive jealousy. In his unpublished manuscript “La Vie de Félix et Marie Bracquemond” he described Felix providing only abusive critique of Maria’s work, hiding her paintings from guests, and actively barring her from showing her work publicly. By 1890, worn out from poor health and from the struggle with her husband, Marie gave up painting publicly. Privately, painted a handful of watercolors, but still remained a defender of the ideals of Impressionism, responding to one of Felix’s rants: “Impressionism has produced ... not only a new, but a very useful way of looking at things. It is as though all at once a window opens and the sun and air enter your house in torrents.”


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Reed Enger, "Marie Bracquemond, An impressionist's legacy buried by abuse," in Obelisk Art History, Published January 19, 2016; last modified September 19, 2022, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/marie-bracquemond/.

Marie Bracquemond was a French Female Artist born on December 1, 1840. Bracquemond contributed to the Impressionist movement and died on January 17, 1916.

Pierre Bracquemond as a Child, Marie Bracquemond

Pierre Bracquemond as a Child 1878

On the Terrace at Sèvres with Fantin-Latour, Marie Bracquemond

On the Terrace at Sèvres with Fantin-Latour 1880

The Three Graces, Marie Bracquemond

The Three Graces 1880

Iris in a Vase, Marie Bracquemond

Iris in a Vase 1886

Pierre and His Aunt Louise in the Garden, Marie Bracquemond

Pierre and His Aunt Louise in the Garden 1886

Pierre Bracquemond painting a bouquet of flowers, Marie Bracquemond

Pierre Bracquemond painting a bouquet of flowers 1887

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