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Adélaide Labille-Guiard

Labille-Guiard, Adélaide (ädāläēdˈ läbēˈyə-gēärˈ) [key], 1749–1803, French painter. Labille-Guiard was a painter of the French nobility before the Revolution and survived to paint the citizens of the Directory. Emerging from the 18th-century tradition of powdered wigs and shimmering satins, she captured informal moments in the lives of her subjects, frequently depicting them interrupted from some pastime. Her self-portrait (1785) is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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