2 Françoise Gilot(Is a French Painter, Best known for her relationship with Pablo Picasso)
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.
3 Marie Tussaud(Visual Artist, Wax Sculptor)
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(Painter)
5 Claude Cahun(Former surrealist photographer, sculptor best known as a writer and self-portraitist, who assumed a variety of performative personae)
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.
6 Rosa Bonheur(Artist known best as a painter of animals)
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.
7 Suzanne Valadon(Painter)
8 Niki de Saint Phalle(Sculptors)
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.
9 Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun(Painter)
10 Sonia Delaunay(Artist)
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.
11 Isabelle Collin Dufresne(Artist)
12 Sophie Calle(Writer)
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.
13 Victorine Meurent(Painter)
14 Mathilde de Morny(Artist)
16 Alice Prin(Model)
17 Marie Bracquemond(Former Impressionist painter)
18 Séraphine Louis(Painter)
19 Anna Boch(Painter)
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.
20 Adélaïde Labille-Guiard(Painter)
21 Seda Aznavour(Singer)
22 Eva Gonzalès(Impressionist painter)
23 Anna Kavan(Novelist)
24 Fernande Barrey(Artist)
25 Nicole Farhi(Fashion Designer)
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.
26 Sophie Gengembre Anderson(Artist)
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.