Master of Arts (MA)
Mademoiselle Louise Josephine Sarazin de Belmont (1790-1870) was a landscape painter, born in Versailles, France. A gifted artist with natural talent, she studied under Pierre Henri Valenciennes. Though not his most remembered pupil, her work was picturesque and popular in the French art market. Sarazin de Belmont had no patrons and relied on auction sales to fund her lifestyle as a traveling artist. Venturing from Naples, Rome, and Sicily to the Pyrénées Mountains of France, she evaluated the romantic vistas of the masters who came before her. After becoming the first female artist to have her works sold in a solo auction, the innovative Sarazin de Belmont promoted her works beyond the auction block. During her lifetime she donated at least six original paintings to museums throughout France. This generosity served to place her in the collections of established museums and to ensure that her work would be experienced by future generations. More than talent, Sarazin de Belmont possessed an independent spirit and a bold nature which drove her to make her career exactly what she desired it to be.
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Guillory, Alexandria Samantha, "Louise Josephine Sarazin de Belmont: Her Inspirations and Innovations" (2014). LSU Master's Theses. 1673.