Famous French Female Artists & Painters

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Throughout history, there have been many French female painters who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great French female painters such as Sonia Delaunay, Louise Bourgeois, Amanda Lear, Paloma Picasso, Berthe Morisot.
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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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Louise Bourgeois
(Artist Best Known for Her Large-Scale Sculpture and Installation Art)
Louise Bourgeois
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Birthdate: December 25, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 31, 2010

Louise Bourgeois was a French-American artist best remembered for her large-scale installation art and sculpture. Also a prolific printmaker and painter, Bourgeois explored a variety of themes, such as sexuality and death. In 1997, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts. In 2009, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

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Jade Jagger
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Birthdate: October 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris

Jewelry and home designer Jade Jagger, daughter of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, has also been a model. She launched the fashion brand Jade Inc. and a lifestyle concept called Jezebel. She has also worked for Garrard and designed luxury apartments in New York and Mumbai.

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Françoise Gilot
(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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Camille Claudel
(French Sculptor Known for Her Work: ‘The Waltz’ and ‘The Mature Age’)
Camille Claudel
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Birthdate: December 8, 1864
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fère-en-Tardenois, France
Died: October 19, 1943

French sculptor Camille Claudel is also popularly known as legendary sculptor Auguste Rodin’s student, mistress, and muse. Claudel also contributed to many of Rodin’s masterpieces but never got any credit for it. After her relationship with Rodin soured, she became alienated and eventually died in an asylum.

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Marjane Satrapi
(Graphic Novelist Known for Her Works 'Persepolis' and 'Chicken with Plums')
Marjane Satrapi
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Birthdate: November 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rasht, Iran

Marjane Satrapi is a graphic novelist, illustrator, cartoonist, children's book author, and film director. Satrapi achieved international recognition in the early-2000s after releasing her critically acclaimed graphic novels. She is best known for writing and directing an animated biographical drama film titled Persepolis, which received nominations at prestigious award ceremonies, such as the Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Golden Globes.

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Marie Tussaud
(French Wax Sculpture Artist and Founder of 'Madame Tussauds', the Wax Museum in London)
Marie Tussaud
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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.

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Dora Maar
(French Photographer and Painter Known for Her Nine-Year Relationship with 'Pablo Picasso')
Dora Maar
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Birthdate: November 22, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
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.

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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Claude Cahun
(French Photographer Known for Her Self-Portraits and Tableaux That Incorporated a Surrealist Style and Gender Fluidity)
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
(French Artist and Sculptor 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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Sonia Delaunay
(Ukrainian-French Artist and Co-Founder of the ‘Orphism Art Movement’)
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.

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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.

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Adah Isaacs Menken
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Birthdate: June 15, 1835
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
Died: August 10, 1868
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Jeanne Hebuterne
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Birthdate: April 6, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Meaux, Seine-et-Marne, French Third Republic
Died: January 26, 1920
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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Victorine Meurent
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Birthdate: February 18, 1844
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 17, 1927
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Sophie Calle
(French Writer, Photographer, Installation Artist, and Conceptual Artist)
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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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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Orlan
(Artist)
Orlan
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Birthdate: May 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint-Étienne, France
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Zinaida Serebriakova
(French Painter)
Zinaida Serebriakova
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Birthdate: December 10, 1884
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Neskuchne, Ukraine
Died: September 19, 1967

A prominent figure of early-20th-century Russian painting, Zinaida Serebriakova was the daughter of equestrian sculptor Evguni Lanceray. She was also part of the Benois art family. While she experimented with landscapes and peasants, a major part of her art focused on nudes and portraits. Bleaching Cloth remains one of her best works.

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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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Marie Laurencin
(French Painter and Printmaker Known for Her Delicate Portraits of Elegant, Vaguely Melancholic Women)
Marie Laurencin
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Birthdate: October 31, 1883
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: June 8, 1956

Marie Laurencin was a French printmaker and painter. An important member of the Cubists within the Groupe de Puteaux, Laurencin was an influential figure in the Parisian avant-garde. Today, her works can be seen at popular museums like the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in the USA, the Tate Gallery in the UK, and the State Hermitage Museum in Russia.

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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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Micheline Roquebrune
(French-Moroccan Painter and wife of Actor Sean Connery)
Micheline Roquebrune
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Birthdate: April 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France.

Tunisian-born French artist Micheline Roquebrune is best known as legendary actor Sean Connery’s second wife. Roquebrune had met Connery in Morocco in the 1970s. They mostly lived in their resort in Marbella and in the Bahamas. Connery was her third husband, and following his death, she revealed he had dementia.

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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. 

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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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Francoise Mouly
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Birthdate: October 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Coco
(Cartoonist)
Coco
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Birthdate: August 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Annemasse, France
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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Blanche Hoschede Monet
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Birthdate: November 10, 1865
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 8, 1947
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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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Fernande Barrey
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Birthdate: January 9, 1893
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, France
Died: July 17, 1960
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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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.

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Charlotte de Rothschild
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Birthdate: May 6, 1825
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 20, 1899
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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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Jacqueline Piatigorsky
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Birthdate: November 6, 1911
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 15, 2012

Jacqueline Piatigorsky was a French-American sculptor, chess player, philanthropist, author, and arts patron. As a chess player, Piatigorsky represented the USA in the first Women's Chess Olympiad, in 1957, where she won a bronze medal. An important patron of the arts, Jacqueline Piatigorsky helped raise money for the New England Conservatory of Music to create an award for deserving artists. 

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Marine Delterme
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Birthdate: March 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toulouse, France

Marine Delterme is a French painter, sculptor, actress, and former model. She is best known for her friendship with Carla Bruni; Delterme was one of the guests at Bruni's wedding to Nicolas Sarkozy at the Élysée Palace in Paris. As a sculptor, Marine Delterme has displayed her works in places like New York and Paris.

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Ludmilla Tchérina
(French Prima Ballerina, Sculptor and Actress)
Ludmilla Tchérina
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Birthdate: October 10, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 21, 2004

Ludmilla Tchérina was a French prima ballerina, actress, sculptor, painter, author, and choreographer. In 1942, she became the youngest prima ballerina when she made her debut, creating the role of Juliet in Serge Lifar's Romeo and Juliet. Although she had a lifelong passion for sculpting and painting, Ludmilla Tchérina is primarily remembered for her skills as an actress.

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Bracha L. Ettinger
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Birthdate: March 23, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

An M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Bracha Lichtenberg Ettinger initially worked as psychoanalyst in Israel and England. Although self taught, she later decided to become a professional artist, eventually moving to Paris, where along with painting, drawing and photography, she also started writing and began serving as visiting professor at various European and Asian universities.

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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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Liane Foly
(Singer)
Liane Foly
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Birthdate: December 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lyon, France
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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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Germaine Richier
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Birthdate: September 16, 1902
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Grans, France
Died: July 21, 1959