Louise Breslau (Swiss, 1856–1927), The Friends, 1881. Oil on canvas, 33 1/2 x 63 in. © Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Ville de Genève, inv. n° 1883-0002. Photo: Bettina Jacot-Descombes. Courtesy American Federation of Arts

Louise Breslau enrolled at the Académie Julian in 1878, where she distinguished herself as a talented portraitist. She debuted at the Salon in 1879, leaving the Académie shortly thereafter to open her own studio, where she supported herself through portrait commissions. She joined the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in 1890, not only exhibiting her own work but also serving on the jury that determined what works would be shown. In 1901, she was awarded the Légion d’Honneur, the first foreign woman to receive that distinction.

Louise Breslau

Swiss, 1856–1927

Photographer unknown, Louise Breslau, end of 1870s