Constance Marie Charpentier

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Constance Marie Charpentier
Constance Marie Charpentier.jpg
Born 1767
Paris, France
Died 3 August 1849 (age 83)
Nationality French
Known for Painting
Notable work 1787 to circa 1835
Constance Marie Charpentier, Melancholy, 1801, oil on canvas, 130 x 165 cm. Musée de Picardie, Amiens, France

Constance Marie Charpentier (born 1767 Paris, France – 3 August 1849 France) was a French painter. She specialized in genre scenes and portraits, mainly of children and women. She was also known as Constance Marie Blondelu.

Records of Charpentier's training are unclear, but she might have studied with numerous artists. She is typically believed to have studied with the acclaimed French painter Jacques-Louis David, but may also have been a pupil of François Gérard, Pierre Bouillon, Louis Lafitte, and either Johann Georg Wille or his son, Pierre-Alexandre Wille.[1]

In 1788 she received a 'Prix d'Encouragement.' From 1795 to 1819 she exhibited approximately thirty paintings at various Salons, winning a gold medal in 1814 at the Paris Salon and a silver medal in 1821 at the Salon at Douai.[1][2]

It is believed that some of Charpentier's works were incorrectly attributed to her teacher, David.[3] The well-known painting Young Woman Drawing (1801) was incorrectly attributed first to David, then to Charpentier, and is now believed to be the work of Marie-Denise Villers.[4] Based on surviving, positively identified works by Charpentier, she is considered one of the finest portrait painters of her era.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Royalists to Romantics: Spotlight on Constance Marie Charpentier". Broad Strokes. National Museum of Women in the Arts. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Oxford University Press, ed. (2002). Art Encyclopedia The Concise Grove Dictionary of Art. Art Encyclopedia. The Concise Grove Dictionary of Art. 
  3. ^ Strieter, Terry W. (1999). Nineteenth-century European Art: A Topical Dictionary. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing. p. 41. 
  4. ^ "Charlotte du Val d'Ognes (died 1868)". The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved April 8, 2013.