LOUISE BRESLAU (German/Swiss / 1856-1927)

Born Maria Luise Katharine Breslau in Munich in 1856, but raised in Zurich, Louise Breslau lived most of her adult life in Paris, after studying at the Académie Julian, one of the only ateliers open to women at that time. Louise Breslau turned to drawing as a child, being often confined to the house by asthma. She became a highly sought-after portraitist, and was only the third woman (and the first foreigner) to be made a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. Alongside Rose Bonheur and Mary Cassatt, Louise Breslau redefined the role of the female artist. Degas was among Louise Breslau's admirers in her lifetime, but after her death she sank into obscurity, and it is only in recent years that her achievement has been recognized with major exhibitions and publications. See: Weisberg and Becker, Overcoming All Obstacles: The Women of the Académie Julian, 1999; Lepdor, Krüger and Weisberg, Louise Breslau: De L’Impressionism aux années folles, 2001.

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Selected prints by LOUISE BRESLAU

Étude, 1905
Contre-jour, 1889
Fillette à l'orange, 1898
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