A Space of Their Own

Anne Vallayer-Coster

December 21, 1744 – February 28, 1818

Active in: France


Anne Vallayer-Coster was a renowned still life painter. She was born to Louis-Joseph Vallayer, a goldsmith to the king of France. Vallayer-Coster was admitted to the Académie Royale in 1770. She was supported by the royal family, especially Marie-Antoinette and the aunts of Louis XVI. Vallayer-Coster participated in every Salon between 1771 and 1789, and then again sporadically after 1795. She remained loyal to the monarchy throughout the Revolution and died in Paris in 1818.

Selected Works


Berman, Greta. “Focus on Art.” The Juilliard Journal Online 18, no. 6 (2003).

Chapman, Caroline. Eighteenth-Century Women Artists: Their Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs. London: Unicorn, 2017.

Cohen, Sarah R. “Anne Vallayer-Coster: Painter to the Court of Marie-Antoinette.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 36, no. 4 (2003): 571–76.

Doy, G. Seeing and Consciousness: Women, Class and Representation. Oxford: Berg, 1995.

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “Anne Vallayer-Coster.” http://art.famsf.org/anne-vallayer-coster.

Fine, Elsa Honig. Women & Art: A History of Women Painters and Sculptors from the Renaissance to the 20th Century. London: Allanheld & Schram, 1978.

Greer, Germaine. The Obstacle Race: The Fortunes of Women Painters and Their Work. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1979.

Harris, Ann Sutherland, and Linda Nochlin. Women Artists, 1550–1950. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1976.

Heller, Nancy G. Women Artists: An Illustrated History. New York and London: Abbeville, 2003.

Kahng, Eik. Anne Vallayer-Coster: Painter to the Court of Marie Antoinette. Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art, 2002.

Michel, Marianne Roland. “Tapestries on Designs by Anne Vallayer-Coster.” The Burlington Magazine 102 (1960): i–ii.

Michel, Marianne Roland. Anne Vallayer-Coster, 1744–1818. France, 1970.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. “Anne Vallayer-Coster.” https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search#!?q=Anne%20Vallayer-Coster.

Münch, Birgit Ulrike, et al. Künstlerinnen: Neue Perspektiven auf ein Forschungsfeld der Vormoderne. Petersberg: Michael Imhof Verlag, 2017.

National Museum of Women in the Arts. “Anne Vallayer-Coster.” https://nmwa.org/explore/artist-profiles/anne-vallayer-coster.

Olausson, Magnus. “Anne Vallayer-Coster, Portrait of a Violinist.” Art Bulletin of Nationalmuseum Stockholm 22 (2015): 17–20.

RKD. “Anne Vallayer-Coster.” https://rkd.nl/en/explore/artists/79081.

Royalists to Romantics: Women Artists from the Louvre, Versailles, and Other French National Collections. Washington, DC: National Museum of Women in the Arts, 2012.

Walters Art Museum. “Queen Marie Antoinette.” https://art.thewalters.org/detail/6926/queen-marie-antoinette/.

Zanella, Andrea. Trois femmes peintres dans le siècle de Fragonard. Grasse: Musée de la Parfumerie Fragonard, 1998.

Entry Notes

Contributions to timeline and bibliography provided by Indiana University A300 student