Louise Moillon

Title:
Louise Moillon

Author:
Lesley Stevenson

Publisher:
Lund Humphries

Part of the Illuminating Women Artists: Renaissance and Baroque series, this book reassesses the importance of the painter of still lifes and occasional genre paintings within the context in which she was working. A Calvinist exile from Catholic Flanders working in the Saint-Germain des-Prés area of Paris in the earlier part of the 17th century, Moillon was the sole female practitioner of a group which included male painters of note. Hers is a case of a supremely talented artist whose relative posthumous invisibility may be explained by three key features: her gender, the increasingly overlooked genre of still life at which she excelled and a change in her domestic role after her marriage, when she produced fewer works. This book examines the revival of interest in Moillon’s work in the early 20th century and helps to secure her a rightful place alongside her male contemporaries.

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