Madame Drouais, née Ann Françoise Doré

French, 1732-1809

There are no signed works by Anne Francoise, although we know she worked alongside her husband and his family in the production of pastel portraits. While she is often mentioned in the discussion of the Drouais shop, at this time it is only possible to learn scant information about her career through studying the careers of her husband and father-in-law. Like the efforts of many other women artists, it is possible that Ann Françoise’s artworks were forgotten over time; they could be hidden in attics and museum collections or attributed to other artists. Due to lack of records, signed works, and social considerations of what was valuable, we may never fully appreciate Ann Françoise’s contributions to portraiture in 18th-century France. Jane’s painting represents the many women artists who received training and produced art in workshops or in their social circle. They are not always at the forefront of history, but affected the production of art in their lifetimes.

Original Works Referenced

Self-portrait in wax
c1769
Bologna
Museo di Anatomia Umana Normale

External Muscles of the Eye
Eighteenth century
Bologna
Museo dell’ Istituto di
Anatomia Umana Normale

Hands
Eighteenth century
Bologna
Museo dell’ Istituto di Anatomia Umana Normale