Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Germaine de Staël

signature image

Pierre-Louis Bouvier. Anne Louise Germaine (née Necker), Madame de Staël-Hollstein, 1817. National Portrait Gallery, London

Germaine de Staël
b. 1766, Paris; d. 1817, Paris

Daughter of Jacques Necker, director of finance under King Louis XVI, and Suzanne Curchod Necker, a central figure in the salons of Paris, Germaine de Staël's sympathies with the French Revolution and her opposition to Napoleon forced her into frequent exile. Her travels often inspired her writings, many of which are considered the first romantic novels. Addressing a wide variety of subjects, her works include Delphine (1802), the story of a young woman who has an affair with a married man; Corinne (1807), inspired by a trip to Italy; De l'Allemagne (1810), a comparison of French and German culture that was later banned by Napoleon, who considered it denigrating to the French; and Dix années d'exil (1821), an autobiographical account of her years in exile.

Related Place Setting

Mary Wollstonecraft

Related Heritage Floor Entries

Josefa Amar
Bridget Bevan
Isabella Bishop
Jeanne Campan
Elizabeth Carter
Charlotte Corday
Leonor D'Almeida
Yekaterina Dashkova
Olympe de Gouges
Marie de Lafayette
Francoise de Maintenon
Théroigne de Mericourt
Jeanne de Pompodour
Celia Fiennes
Elizabeth Hamilton
Mary Hays
Mary Manley

Mary Monckton
Elizabeth Montagu
Mary Wortley Montague
Hannah More
Suzanne Necker
Ida Pfieffer
Karoline Pichler
Mary Radcliffe
Jeanne Manon Roland
Alison Rutherford
Caroline Schlegel
Mary Shelley
Hester Stanhope
Marie Tussaud
Rachel Varnhagen
Elizabeth Vesey

SEARCH