Marguerite Gérard

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Marguerite Gérard
Dumont - Marguerite Gérard.jpg
Marguerite Gérard, by François Dumont
Born (1761-01-28)28 January 1761[1]
Grasse, France
Died 18 May 1837(1837-05-18) (aged 76)
Paris
Nationality French
Known for painting, etching

Marguerite Gérard (28 January 1761 in Grasse – 18 May 1837 in Paris)[1] was a French painter and etcher. She was the daughter of Marie Gilette and perfumer Claude Gérard. At 8 years-old she became the sister-in-law of Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and when she was 14, she came to live with him. She was also the aunt of the artist Alexandre-Évariste Fragonard. Gérard became Fragonard's pupil in the mid-1770s and studied painting, drawing and printmaking under his tutelage. She appears to have executed five etchings in 1778 in collaboration with the master.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Sardou, J. B.; Archives départementales, Archives communales de Grasse, Alpes-Maritimes (France) (1865). Inventaire sommaire des Archives communales antérieures à 1790, ville de Grasse. Paul Dupont. p. 11. Retrieved 12 May 2009. Acte de naissance de mademoiselle Marguerite Gérard, peintre, décédée en 1832, le 1er janvier : « Le 28 janvier 1761, est née et a été baptisée Marguerite Gérard, fille du sieur Claude Gillette Gérard, marchand parfumeur, et de dame Marie, son épouse; le parrain a été Honoré Isnard, négociant, la marraine demoiselle Marguerite Gazagnaire, son épouse »  .
    Note that contrary to all other sources, the given death date is 1 January 1832, not 18 May 1837.
  2. ^ Rena M. Hoisington and Perrin Stein, "Sous les yeux de Fragonard: The Prints of Marguerite Gérard," Print Quarterly, XXIX, no. 2, 2012, pp. 142-162.

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