Marie Lucas-Robiquet (French painter) 1858 – 1959
Marie Elisabeth Aimée Lucas-Robiquet was a French Orientalist artist who worked within the Salon of the Société des Artistes Français. Lucas-Robiquet was recognized for her paintings of African and Algerian subjects. The 1897 edition of Parisian Illustrated Review cites her outdoor studies for a "wise tendency toward reasonable impressionism" by "an artist of the highest order." Marie Lucas-Robiquet was a rare example of a female artist, living and working in North Africa, at a time when women were rarely admitted to art academies, and were not encouraged to travel without a chaperone. Her paintings reveal some of the locations where she travelled including Algeria. Lucas-Robiquet enjoyed over forty years of artistic recognition within the highly acclaimed Paris Salon de la Société des Artistes Français throughout her lifetime, but after her death her works and legacy faded from public view. A rediscovery and resurgence in popularity of her oeuvre occurred in the early 21st century.