Anne Vallayer-Coster
1744 - 1818
French painter. Unusual for a woman during the period, she had a flourishing career beginning in the 1770's. She attracted the attention of Marie Antoinette and became a famous and favored court painter, doing portraits of both Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, both of which are now lost. Her post-revolutionary fame rested on her still lives of flowers and shells. She was a favorite of the court of Louis XVIII. A catalogued exhibit of her works was arranged by the National Gallery in Washington D.C. in 2002 and toured to the Dallas Museum of Art and to the Frick Gallery in New York City.