19th century Painting on Fabric of Putti Cherubs by Jeanne Jacquemin Boyer 1863-1938
An early work by the French Symbolist painter Jeanne Jacquemin born Marie-Jeanne Boyer
Absolutely charming painting on rough natural fabric
Details of her personal life were mired in controversy and
misinformation during her lifetime. Leslie Stewart Curtis has claimed
that, "If Jacquemin and her art have been largely forgotten, it is no
doubt related to the infamy she had acquired among her art world
contemporaries. In fact, there is evidence to suggest that she was
consciously expunged from written records." However, this can also be attributed, in part, to the relatively scarcity of her surviving works.
Jeanne Jacqeumin (Marie-Jeanne Boyer) was a French artist associated with the Symbolist movement. She was born on 13 April 1863 in Paris and died in Paris in 1938. She married ?douard Jacquemin, but later left him to live with the engraver Auguste Lauzet, a friend of Vincent Van Gogh
Jacquemin's art was influenced by Puvis de Chavannes, Edward Burne Jones, Gustave Moreau and Odilon Redon
Describing the works she exhibited in the 1894 "Peintres Impressionistes et Symbolistes" exhibition at Le Barc de Boutteville
the critic Ren? Barjean wrote that "the emotional intensity of the
faces explored by Madame Jeanne Jacquemin enchants and will always
enchant the poets." Her work, like that of her Symbolist contemporaries, addresses mysticism, dream states, nature, and
or pain. The particular brand of isolation and otherworldliness found
in her works coincides with an ambivalent figuration of gender. Her
treatment of the "female androgyne" has been associated with the efforts
of female Symbolist artists to explore psychic states "not confined to
masculine sensibilities," but that do not necessarily put forward a
counter-model of "essentialized female sensibility."
Jacquemin exhibited approximately 40 works during her lifetime, most of
which were executed in pastel and few of which are in existance today.
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