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Marguerite Gérard

January 28, 1761 – May 18, 1837

Active in: France


Marguerite Gérard’s career is linked to that of renowned Rococo painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard. In 1775, Gérard’s mother died, and she moved in with her sister, Marie-Anne, a miniature painter who was married to Fragonard. Gérard quickly became a member of Fragonard’s studio. By the 1780s, she and Fragonard had developed a collaborative process to create genre scenes. Gérard’s first Salon exhibition was in 1799, and she exhibited regularly until 1824. She died in Paris in 1837.

Selected Works


Ananoff, Alexandre. “Propos sur les peintures de Marguerite Gérard.” Gazette des Beaux-Arts (1979): 211–18.

Blumenfeld, Carole. “Marguerite Gérard et ses portraits de société.” In Marguerite Gérard: Artiste en 1789, dans l’atelier de Fragonard. Edited by Jose Louise de los Llanos and Carole Blumenfeld. Paris: Paris Musées, 2009.

Chapman, Caroline. Eighteenth-Century Women Artists: Their Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs. London: Unicorn, 2017.

Cuzin, J. P. Jean-Honoré Fragonard: Life and Work: Complete Catalogue of the Oil Paintings. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1988.

Doin, J. “Marguerite Gérard.” Gazette des beaux-arts (1912): 429–30.

Duncan, Carol. “Happy Mothers and Other New Ideas in French Art.” The Art Bulletin 55, no. 4 (1973): 570–83.

Fine, Elsa Honig. Women & Art: A History of Women Painters and Sculptors from the Renaissance to the 20th Century. London: Allanheld & Schram, 1978.

French Painting, 1774–1830: The Age of Revolution. Detroit: Detroit Institute of Arts, 1975.

Heller, Nancy G. Women Artists: An Illustrated History. New York and London: Abbeville, 2003.

Hoisington, Rena M., and Perrin Stein. “Sous les Yeux de Fragonard: The Prints of Marguerite Gérard.” Print Quarterly 29, no. 2 (2012): 142–62.

Levitine, George. “Marguerite Gérard and her Stylistic Significance.” Baltimore Museum of Art Annual 3 (1968): 21–31.

Llanos, Jose Louise de los, and Carol Blumenfield. Marguerite Gérard: artiste en 1789, dans l’atelier de Fragonard. Paris: Paris Musées, 2009.

Pomeroy, Jordana, et al. An Imperial Collection: Women Artists from the State Hermitage Museum. Washington, DC: National Museum of Women in the Arts, 2003.

Robertson, Sally Wells. “Gérard, Marguerite.” Oxford Art, Grove Dictionary. www.oxfordartonline.com/groveart/view/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.001.0001/oao9781884446054-e-7000031475?rskey=57lI99&result=1

Robertson, Sally Wells. “Marguerite Gérard.” In French Painting 1774–1830: The Age of Revolution, 440–41. Detroit: Detroit Institute of Arts, 1975.

Robertson, Sally Wells. Marguerite Gérard, 1761–1837. PhD Dissertation, New York University, 1978.

Rosenberg, Pierre. Fragonard. Paris: Réunion des Musées Nationaux and New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987–88.

Royalists to Romantics: Women Artists from the Louvre, Versailles, and Other French National Collections. Washington, DC: National Museum of Women in the Arts, 2012.

Sheriff, Mary D. “Gérard, Marguerite.” In Dictionary of Women Artists. Edited by Delia Gaze. Chicago and London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997.

Sherriff, Mary D. “Marguerite Gérard.” SIEFAR (Société Internationale Pour L’Etude des Femmes de l’Ancien Régime). http://siefar.org/dictionnaire/en/Marguerite_G%C3%A9rard.

Weidemann, Christianne, Petra Larass, and Melanie Klier. 50 Women Artists You Should Know. Munich: Prestel, 2016.

Zanella, A. Trois femmes peintres dans la siècle de Fragonard. Grasse: Musée In. Parfumerie, 1998.

Entry Notes

Contributions to timeline and bibliography provided by Indiana University A300 student Jasmine Shah