Famous French Female Artists & Painters

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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 1 Jade Jagger

Jade Jagger.
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Famous As: Model
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.

 2 Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois.
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Famous As: Artist
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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 3 Françoise Gilot

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

 4 Camille Claudel

Camille Claudel.
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Famous As: Sculptor
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.

 5 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.

 6 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.

 7 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
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 8 Niki de Saint Phalle

Niki de Saint Phalle.
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Famous As: Sculptor
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.

 9 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

 10 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.

 11 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

 12 Jeanne Hebuterne

Jeanne Hebuterne
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 6, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Meaux, Seine-et-Marne, French Third Republic
Died: January 26, 1920

 13 Adah Isaacs Menken

Adah Isaacs Menken
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 15, 1835
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
Died: August 10, 1868

 14 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

 15 Sophie Calle

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

 16 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

 17 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.

 18 Orlan

Orlan
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: May 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint-Étienne, France
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 19 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

 20 Marie Bracquemond

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

 21 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

 22 Micheline Roquebrune

Micheline Roquebrune.
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Famous As: Wife of Sir Sean Connery
Birthdate: 1929 AD

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.

 23 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

 24 Francoise Mouly

Francoise Mouly
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Famous As: Editor
Birthdate: October 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France

 25 Marie Laurencin

Marie Laurencin
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Famous As: Painter
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.

 26 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

 27 Séraphine Louis

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

 28 Coco

Coco
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: August 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Annemasse, France

 29 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

 30 Seda Aznavour

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

 31 Charlotte de Rothschild

Charlotte de Rothschild
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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: May 6, 1825
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 20, 1899

 32 Blanche Hoschede Monet

Blanche Hoschede Monet
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 10, 1865
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 8, 1947

 33 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

 34 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. 

 35 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.

 36 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.

 37 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

 38 Jacqueline Piatigorsky

Jacqueline Piatigorsky
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Famous As: Chess player
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. 

 39 Ludmilla Tchérina

Ludmilla Tchérina
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Famous As: Ballerina
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.

 40 Marine Delterme

Marine Delterme
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 41 Bracha L. Ettinger

Bracha L. Ettinger
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Famous As: Artist
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.

 42 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

 43 Marie-Guillemine Benoist

Marie-Guillemine Benoist
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 44 Yto Barrada

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

 45 Liane Foly

Liane Foly
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lyon, France

 46 Jean Bourdichon

Jean Bourdichon
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 47 Germaine Richier

Germaine Richier
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: September 16, 1902
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Grans, France
Died: July 21, 1959

 48 Esther Inglis

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

 49 Henrietta Johnston

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

 50 Irina Kotova

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