Mayer-Lamartinière, Constance

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.

Related persons
• was pupil of Greuze, Jean-Baptiste
• was the lover of Prud'hon, Pierre-Paul


The grave of Pierre-Paul Prud'hon and his pupil and mistress Constance Mayer at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (06 Mar 1995)


• Culbertson, Judi & Tom Randall, Permanent Parisians, Robson Books, London, 1991

Mayne, Richard

Published: 01 Jan 2006
Last update: 25 Apr 2022