JEANNE JACQUEMIN (French / 1863-1938)

Jeanne Jacquemin was born Jeanne-Marie Boyer in rue Pigalle, Paris, in 1863, later taking the surname of her stepfather Louis Coffineau. At 19 she married the natural history illustrator Édouard Jacquemin, but this marriage did not last, and by 1892, when she first exhibited at Le Barc de Bouteville (in the third of fifteen shows there featuring Peintres Impressionistes et Symbolistes), she was living in Sèvres with the artist Auguste Lauzet. Lauzet was a friend of Puvis de Chavannes, whose influence can be seen in the art of Jeanne Jacquemin. Lauzet died in 1898. Jeanne remarried twice, first to a doctor, Lucien Pautrier, and lastly to an occultist, Paul Sédir. Jeanne Jacquemin's interest in the occult was a marked feature of her dreamlike work, and reflected in her close associates such as Jean Lorrain and J.-K. Huysmans; Lorrain championed her work, seeing her first as a muse and then as a vampire, while Huysmans based the character of Madame Chantelouve in Là-Bas at least partly on her. Jeanne Jacquemin was a pioneering French female Symbolist, most active in the 1890s, when she exhibited alongside artists such as Paul Sérusier, Maurice Denis, Paul Gauguin, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Our lithograph was contributed to L'Estampe Moderne in 1898; although it depicts a male saint, its effeminate features suggest that, like many of her works, it is essentially a self-portrait. Jeanne Jacquemin died in Paris in 1938, having outlived by several decades the art movement to which she contributed a significant female voice. See: Leslie Stewart Curtis, "Jeanne Jacquemin: A French Symbolist), Women's Art Journal vol 21:2, Autumn 2000.

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Selected prints by JEANNE JACQUEMIN

Saint Georges, 1898

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