CHARPENTIER Constance Marie (b. 1767, Paris, d. 1849, Paris) Nationality : French
French woman painter. She was a pupil of Francois Gerard and Jacques-Louis David, and in 1788 she received a Prix d'Encouragement. She exhibited at the Salon from 1795 until 1819, when she received a gold medal. Like other female painters of her period, she specialized in sentimental genre scenes and portraits of women and children. Although she was considered by contemporary critics to be one of the finest portrait painters of the age, few works by her have been traced. One of the first known works is Scene of Family Life (1796, private collection), a genre scene closer to Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun than to David.