Jeanne Philiberte Ledoux (French, 1767-1840)

October 28, 2012 at 12:30 am | Posted in 18th century, Art, art history, artist, Bowes Museum, female, France, French, History, Jeanne Philiberte Ledoux, Napoleon, painter, Painting, Paris, woman | Leave a comment

Self-Portrait, Jeanne Philiberte Ledoux

A lesser known contemporary of the popular Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842), Philiberte Ledoux was born in Paris in 1767 and never married. According to the Chronique Des Arts et de la Curiosité, she may have been the daughter of painter Paul-Guillaume Ledoux who died in 1781. She is known to have participated in the Salons of 1793, 1796, 1799, 1802, 1804, 1805, 1808, 1810, 1814, and 1819 in Paris. Although she did not attend an academy, she did study under French painter, Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725-1805), who was educated at the Royal Academy in Paris.

“A Girl Leaning on Her Hand” by Jeanne Philiberte Ledoux

Philiberte Ledoux was mainly known for her paintings of women and children who were depicted in 18th century French styles. While history does not seem to remember much about her, she must have a been an artist of some repute, because she is cited as the painter of a portrait of Elénore Denuelle (born Louise Cathreine Elénore Denuelle de la Plaigne 1787-1868) who was the mistress of Emperor Napoleon I of France (1769-1821). It is alleged that Denuelle had an illegitimate child with Napoleon I. This child acted as proof that Napoleon I was not impotent and led to his divorce of Joséphine de Beauharnais (1763-1814).

“Élénore Denuelle de la Plaigne” by Jeanne Philiberte Ledoux

Philiberte Ledoux died in the neighborhood of Belleville in Paris in 1840, but many of her paintings are extant, several of which hang in the Bowes Museum in the town of Barnard Castle in Teesdale, Durham, England. — Kristin Bell, 2012.

Sources:

Chronique Des Arts et de la Curiosité: Supplément a La Gazette Des Beaux-Arts, vol. 3 (1865): 331.

Evans, Howard V. and Charlotte B. Evans. “Women Artists in Eighteenth-Century France.” Man and Nature/ L’homme eet la nature, vol. 1 (1982): 199-207.

Fleischman, Hector. An Unknown Son of Napoleon. New York : John Lane Company, 1914.

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Bed Update: Le Chat et à la Française

March 15, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Posted in Bed, Bedding, Bedroom, Cat Break, Cats, Colorful, Cute, Decorating, Duvet, Fashion, foreign language, Français, France, French, Garnet Hill, Kitties, Kitty, Kristin Bell, la tour de eiffel, Paris, PBTeen, polka dots, prints, red, Relaxation, Sheets, Sleep, stripes, Stuffed Animals, yellow | Leave a comment

I don’t know if I’ll ever make it to France, but at least I can have a bit of France on my bed! hehe. I’ve had this cute French-themed duvet for years and just love it! I also have the French text pillow cases to remind me of my failed attempts at learning the French language! haha The cute cat was a gift from my friend! :) I got the French sheets and duvet from GarnetHill.com and the yellow dottie sheets from PBTeen.com. If you click the pic, you can see a closer view of the French pattern! :)

New Glasses: Yippee!

August 1, 2007 at 1:28 pm | Posted in Astigmatism, Color, Contacts, Cute, Eye Doctor, Eyewear, Face á Face, Far sighted, Frames, France, Fun, Glasses, Kristin Bell, Lens, Light, Near sighted, Optician, Optometrist, Optometry, Paris, Seeing, Vision | 4 Comments

glasses

I wear both contacts and glasses. Usually I wear contacts just because I can see better with them, but when I’m not wearing them I need to wear glasses in order to see clearly. Well, I just got some new glasses yesterday and I really love them. Continue Reading New Glasses: Yippee!…

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