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Louise Abbéma (1858-1927)
Sotheby's New York: Friday, June 5, 2009 [Lot 00079];
From whom purchased by the present Private Collection, London, Ontario
Louise Abbéma was born in Etampes and began painting very early on, taking lessons from Charles Joshua Chaplin, Jean Jacques Henner and Emile-Auguste Carolus-Duran. She first received recognition with a portrait of the famous actress Sarah Bernhardt shown at the Paris Salon of 1876.
Abbéma was an accomplished painter, sculptor, printmaker, designer and writer. She was a life-long friend and possibly lover of Sarah Bernhardt.