A Young Breton Woman from Fouesnant

Louise Marie BECQ DE FOUQUIÈRES (Paris, 1824 - Paris, 1891)

Biography



Louise Marie Anaïs Dedreux was the youngest sister of the painter Alfred De Dreux. In 1847, following the death of her elder sister Elise the previous year, Louise married Elise’s widowed husband, Aimé Napoléon Victor Becq de Fouquières (1811-1880). Louise studied with the painter Isidore Pils, who drew a charming pencil study of her seated at her easel, painting a portrait1. Louise first exhibited her work at the Salon of 1857, showing a pastel entitled La prière. She made a particular specialty of pastel portraits of women, many of which were exhibited at the Salons between 1857 and 1884, alongside a number of landscapes. Among her close friends was Georges-Hippolyte Géricault, the natural son of the artist Théodore Géricault, with whom she had an extensive correspondence.