French Women Artists

Throughout history, there have been many French women artists who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great French female artists such as Sonia Delaunay, Brittany, Paloma Picasso, Amanda Lear, Louise Bourgeois.

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Juliette Binoche
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Birthdate: March 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
French actor Juliette Binoche began her career with stage productions. She soared to fame with her Academy Award-winning role of Hana in The English Patient and her Academy Award-nominated role of Vianne in Chocolat. She has also been a marked political activist and has supported the Cambodian charity Enfants d'Asie.

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Françoise Gilot
(Is a French Painter, Best known for her relationship with Pablo Picasso)

Françoise Gilot
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Birthdate: November 26, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

Françoise Gilot is a French painter whose professional career was overshadowed by her long and turbulent relationship with Spanish painter Pablo Picasso. After breaking up with Picasso, with whom Gilot had two children, the former deterred galleries from buying her work. He even tried blocking the release of her memoir Life With Picasso which was released in 1964.

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Marie Tussaud
(Visual Artist, Wax Sculptor)

Marie Tussaud
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Birthdate: December 7, 1761
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: April 16, 1850

Marie Tussaud was a French artist and sculptor best remembered for her wax sculptures. She founded Madame Tussauds, a wax museum, in London in 1835. The museum is a major tourist attraction today. As a young girl, she learned wax modeling from doctor cum wax modeler Philippe Curtius. In the ensuing years, she became a prominent sculptor.

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Berthe Morisot
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Birthdate: January 14, 1841
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bourges, France
Died: March 2, 1895

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Claude Cahun
(Former surrealist photographer, sculptor best known as a writer and self-portraitist, who assumed a variety of performative personae)

Claude Cahun
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Birthdate: October 25, 1894
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nantes, France
Died: December 8, 1954

Claude Cahun was a French sculptor, surrealist photographer, and writer. He is best remembered for his work as a self-portraitist and writer. Apart from his primary career, Claude Cahun also played a major role in the Second World War, serving as a propagandist and resistance worker.

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Rosa Bonheur
(Artist known best as a painter of animals)

Rosa Bonheur
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Birthdate: March 16, 1822
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
Died: May 25, 1899

Rosa Bonheur was a French artist and sculptor whose paintings have been preserved in popular museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Musée d'Orsay. An influential personality, Bonheur was widely regarded as the 19th century's most popular female painter. An open lesbian, Rosa Bonheur stood out as a groundbreaking individual both in her personal life and her career.

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Suzanne Valadon
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Birthdate: September 23, 1865
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bessines-sur-Gartempe, France
Died: April 7, 1938
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Niki de Saint Phalle
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Birthdate: October 29, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Died: May 21, 2002

Niki de Saint Phalle was a French-American painter, sculptor, and filmmaker. She gained prominence as a monumental sculptor as not many women were renowned for their skills as monumental sculptors. Also remembered for her social work, Niki was one of the earliest artists to spread awareness about AIDS through art. She also wrote extensively in English and French.

Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun
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Birthdate: April 16, 1755
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 30, 1842

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Sonia Delaunay
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Birthdate: November 13, 1885
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hradyz'k, Ukraine
Died: December 5, 1979

A pioneer of abstract art and Orphism, French artist Sonia Delaunay was the first living female to have an exhibition at the Louvre Museum. Her art extended to stage sets, pottery, and fabrics. She and her husband, Robert Delaunay, collaborated on various public projects, including murals.

Isabelle Collin Dufresne
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Birthdate: September 6, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: La Tronche, France
Died: June 14, 2014

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Sophie Calle
(Writer)

Sophie Calle
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Birthdate: October 9, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France

Sophie Calle is a French photographer, writer, conceptual artist, and installation artist. Her work is associated with and evokes a popular French literary movement called Oulipo which came into existence in the 1960s. Renowned for her ability to investigate strangers, Calle’s work often depicts human vulnerability. Also an educator, Calle has taught at popular educational institutions like European Graduate School.

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Victorine Meurent
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Birthdate: February 18, 1844
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 17, 1927

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Mathilde de Morny
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Birthdate: May 26, 1863
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: June 29, 1944

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Orlan
(Artist)

Orlan
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Birthdate: May 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint-Étienne, France

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Alice Prin
(Model)

Alice Prin
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Birthdate: October 2, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chatillon-sur-Seine, France
Died: March 23, 1953

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Marie Bracquemond
(Former Impressionist painter)

Marie Bracquemond
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Birthdate: December 1, 1840
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brest, Finistère, France
Died: January 17, 1916

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Séraphine Louis
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Birthdate: September 3, 1864
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Arsy, France
Died: December 11, 1942

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Anna Boch
(Painter)

Anna Boch
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Birthdate: February 10, 1848
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: La Louvière
Died: February 25, 1936

Anna Boch was a Belgian painter best remembered for her Impressionist style. Apart from painting, Boch also held one of the most prominent collections of Impressionist paintings. Anna Boch is also remembered for supporting and promoting young artists like Vincent van Gogh. 

Adélaïde Labille-Guiard
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Birthdate: April 11, 1749
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 24, 1803

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Seda Aznavour
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Birthdate: May 21, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France

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Eva Gonzalès
(Impressionist painter)

Eva Gonzalès
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Birthdate: April 19, 1849
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 6, 1883

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Anna Kavan
(Novelist)

Anna Kavan
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Birthdate: April 10, 1901
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cannes, France
Died: December 5, 1968
Author Helen Ferguson gained fame as Anna Kavan later, a name she had taken up as her legal identity and not as a pseudonym. Known for her works such as I Am Lazarus, she was engulfed by mental disorders and drug addiction and had even attempted suicide multiple times. 

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Fernande Barrey
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Birthdate: January 9, 1893
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, France
Died: July 17, 1960

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Nicole Farhi
(Fashion Designer)

Nicole Farhi
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Birthdate: July 25, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nice, France

Known for her elegant, unstructured designs, fashion designer Nicole Farhi began her career as a freelancer in Paris before moving to London. Eventually she joined French Connection as the head of its design studio in Bow, very soon launching her own label under the company’s umbrella. She gradualy expandied it to include shoes, accessories, home décor, opening shops and even restaurants.

Sophie Gengembre Anderson
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Birthdate: 1823 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 10, 1903

Born to a French father and a British mother, Sophie Gengembre Anderson was a self-taught artist. The family fled to the U.S. to escape the French Revolution. A master portraitist and a major Pre-Raphaelite figure, Sophie specialized in painting women and children, with cats and natural elements thrown in.

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Julie Manet
(Painter)

Julie Manet
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Birthdate: November 14, 1878
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 14, 1966

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Anne Vallayer-Coster
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Birthdate: December 21, 1744
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, Kingdom of France
Died: February 28, 1818

Marie-Guillemine Benoist
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

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Yto Barrada
(Artist)

Yto Barrada
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Birthdate: 1971 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France

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Émile Friant
(Former Artist known for painting, sculpture)

Émile Friant
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Birthdate: April 16, 1863
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dieuze, France
Died: June 9, 1932

Jean Bourdichon
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

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Henrietta Johnston
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Birthdate: 1674 AD
Birthplace: Rennes, France
Died: March 9, 1729

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Esther Inglis
(Artisan)

Esther Inglis
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Birthdate: 1571 AD
Birthplace: France
Died: 1624 AD

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Irina Kotova
(Artist)

Irina Kotova
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Birthdate: November 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus