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.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Françoise Gilot

Françoise Gilot.
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Famous As: Painter, Choreographer, Model
Birthdate: November 26, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine

 2 Dora Maar

Dora Maar.
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Famous As: Photographer, Artist, Painter, Poet, Choreographer, Sculptor, Model
Birthdate: November 22, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris
Died: July 16, 1997

Born to a French mother and a Croatian father, Dora Maar spent her childhood in Argentina and later studied art in Paris. The renowned surrealist artist and photographer later gained fame as Pablo Picasso’s lover and muse, and was featured in his paintings such as Weeping Woman.

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 3 Marie Tussaud

Marie Tussaud.
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: December 1, 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.

 4 Berthe Morisot

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

 5 Suzanne Valadon

Suzanne Valadon.
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 23, 1865
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bessines-sur-Gartempe, France
Died: April 7, 1938

 6 Sonia Delaunay

Sonia Delaunay.
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: November 14, 1885
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: 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.

 7 Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun

Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 16, 1755
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 30, 1842
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 8 Victorine Meurent

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

 9 Rosa Bonheur

Rosa Bonheur
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Famous As: Painter, Sculptor
Birthdate: March 16, 1822
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bordeaux
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.

 10 Sophie Calle

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

 11 Isabelle Collin Dufresne

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

 12 Orlan

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

 13 Mathilde de Morny

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

 14 Alice Prin

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

 15 Laura Mercier

Laura Mercier
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: France

 16 Marie Bracquemond

Marie Bracquemond
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 1, 1840
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Morlaix
Died: January 17, 1916

 17 Anna Boch

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

 18 Eva Gonzalès

Eva Gonzalès
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Famous As: Painter, Model
Birthdate: April 19, 1849
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris
Died: May 5, 1883
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 19 Séraphine Louis

Séraphine Louis
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Famous As: painter
Birthdate: September 3, 1865
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Arsy
Died: December 11, 1942

 20 Adélaïde Labille-Guiard

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

 21 Seda Aznavour

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

 22 Nicole Farhi

Nicole Farhi
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
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.

 23 Fernande Barrey

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

 24 Anna Kavan

Anna Kavan
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Famous As: Novelist
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. 

 25 Sophie Gengembre Anderson

Sophie Gengembre Anderson.
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Famous As: Artist
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.

 26 Julie Manet

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

 27 Anne Vallayer-Coster

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

 28 Marie-Guillemine Benoist

Marie-Guillemine Benoist
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 29 Yto Barrada

Yto Barrada
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1971 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France

 30 Jean Bourdichon

Jean Bourdichon
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 31 Esther Inglis

Esther Inglis
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Famous As: Artisan
Birthdate: 1571 AD
Birthplace: France
Died: 1624 AD

 32 Henrietta Johnston

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

 33 Irina Kotova

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