BORN 9 Mar 1775, Chauny, Picardie - DIED 26 May 1821, Paris|
CAUSE OF DEATH suicide with razor
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 29)
Constance Mayer was taught by J.B. Suvee and J.B. Greuze and became the pupil and later also the lover of the painter Prud'hon. She raised his children instead of his invalid wife. They often worked together on paintings and therefore it's hard to tell which part of the work was hers.
It was said that when Prud'hon's wife finally died she asked him if he would ever remarry and Prud'hon said 'No, never'. This may be true or false, but she said goodbye to her pupil Sophie Duprat and then she cut her throat with a razor. Prud'hon wasn't able to save her life. Afer her death his health detoriated rapidly and he died in 1823. They were buried in the same grave at Père Lachaise, Paris.
was pupil to Greuze, Jean-Baptiste
was the lover of Prud'hon, Pierre-Paul
Culbertson, Judi & Tom Randall, Permanent Parisians, Robson Books, London, 1991