Alejandrina Gessler y Lacroix: 7 interesting facts

By Gwylym Owen

Alejandrina Gessler y Lacroix (1831–1907), born Alejandrina Gessler y Shaw, was a Paris-trained Spanish painter who exhibited regularly at the Paris Salon and was in the middle of the first female artists to be fashionable into Madrid’s Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando and Cádiz’s Academia de Bellas Artes.

Born of a Russian dad and a Scotch-Irish mother, Gessler y Lacroix married French genuine estate developer Charles Lacroix and accompanied her husband to Paris in 1853. She trained at Charles Chaplin’s atelier alongside Mary Cassatt and Eva Gonzalès and exhibited at the Paris Salon regarding annually from 1865 to 1885, in addition to painting upon commission for various hotels, churches, and mansions. She is with known for her female nudes and for her Orientalist paintings, inspired by travels in North Africa. She returned to Spain bearing in mind her husband’s death in 1895 and contained her artistic and hypothetical output. Gessler y Lacroix worked below several pseudonyms, including Madame Anselma and Marie Lacroix, and published her memoirs, Recuerdos de Cádiz y Puerto Real (1841-1850), in 1899 as Fulana de Tal.

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