Henriette Browne

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Fellah nord africaine, 1867

Sophie de Bouteiller (June 16, 1829 – 1901), better known by the pseudonym Henriette Browne, was a French Orientalist painter and traveler.[1]

Browne was born in Paris on June 16, 1829.[2] She was the wife of diplomat Henry Jules de Saux, secretary of Count Walewksi.[3] She is considered a pioneer in Orientalist painting.

Career as an artist[edit]

Browne studied under Charles Joshua Chaplin beginning in 1851. In 1853, she began exhibiting under the name Henriette Browne, mainly in France and England. She was one of the three female founding members of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1862.[4]

During the age of empire, Browne's academic paintings of religious and oriental subjects found appeal among British and French audiences. Noted for her images of white European women as religious figures, her work's mission was to influence colonial subjects to the conversion of Christianity. She also painted harems and dancing girls, presenting woman as the exotic colonial other.[5]

Selected works[edit]


  1. ^ Karel, David (1992). Dictionnaire des artistes de langue française en Amérique du Nord (in French). Québec: Musée du Québec. pp. 122–123. ISBN 2-7637-7235-8. 
  2. ^ Yeldham, Charlotte (1984). Women Artists in Nineteenth-Century France and England. p. 345. 
  3. ^ Marc Favreau; Guillaume Glorieux; Jean-Philippe Luis; Pauline Prevost-Marcilhacy, eds. (2009). De l'usage de l'art en politique (in French). Clermont-Ferrand: Presses Universitaires Blaise-Pascal. p. 69. ISBN 978-2-84516-426-0. 
  4. ^ King, Julie (1997). "Browne, Henriette". In Gaze, Delia. Dictionary of Women Artists. London: Fitzroy Dearborn. pp. 326–327. ISBN 978-1884964213. 
  5. ^ Foster, Alicia (2004). Tate Woman Artists. p. 40. 
  6. ^ "Victoria &Albert Museum". Collections.vam.ac.uk. 2009-08-25. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  7. ^ "Christchurch Art Gallery". Christchurch Art Gallery. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  8. ^ "Catalogue de tableaux (1860)". Archive.org. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  9. ^ "Sudley House, National Museums Liverpool". Liverpoolmuseums.org.uk. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  10. ^ "Art Renewal Center". Artrenewal.org. 2002-05-17. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  11. ^ "The National Gallery, London". Nationalgallery.org.uk. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  12. ^ The Athenaeum
  13. ^ "Art Renewal Center". Artrenewal.org. 2005-01-08. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 

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