Félicie de Fauveau, who lived from 1801 until 1886, is a unique figure in history and art for several reasons. First, as a woman in the 19th century, she broke through certain gender barriers in order to become a celebrated talent in a male-dominated art world.
Second, as a devoted royalist, de Fauveau rebelled against the revolutionary leadership that was governing France at the time. As a result, de Fauveau was eventually exiled from the country and was forced to flee to Italy. Félicie de Fauveau’s complicated and intriguing life story provides an essential framework for truly appreciating the pieces that are currently being displayed at an exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay.
The exhibition is entitled, « Félicie de Fauveau, the Amazon Sculptress » and this title perfectly encapsulates the bold spirit of the artist, also apparent through her works. She combined her feminist ideals with her Catholic faith in order to create challenging yet beautiful sculptures, often in the style of religious icons.
Following her exile from France and subsequent settling in Italy, de Fauveau’s religious fervor became even greater. De Fauveau chose to go to Florence due to its growing reputation as a hive for artists. However, it was the rich history of the town that inspired de Fauveau to incorporate a great amount of medieval and renaissance influences into her art.
Guests of the Hôtel Louvre Marsollier can discover this unique artist — who blended feminism, rebellion and religion so seamlessly — for themselves by visiting the Musée d’Orsay during their stay in Paris. The Félicie de Fauveau exhibition runs until September 15, 2013, so visitors will have plenty of time to explore the vision of this remarkable figure in art and history.