Art & Art History ETDs


Kelsey Martin

Publication Date



Philibert Louis Debucourt's (1755 - 1832) fête galante and domestic genre prints treated women, their social positions, and their experiences of love and relationships as a primary subject, and participated in the rapidly shifting political, economical, and social structure of the years surrounding the 1789 Revolution. These prints aided in the construction of appropriate and inappropriate female behavior of the ideal citoyenne through the representation of eighteenth-century beliefs regarding female sexuality and its class associations. It is in Debucourt's domestic genre scenes that the virtue and serenity of women are clear, validating women's prominence as wives and mothers within the private sphere. Debucourt's fine-art genre prints reflect how late eighteenth-century women were designated power and agency in their domestic roles and sexual relationships while simultaneously limited in this power by the norms and morals enforced by a political culture seeking to eradicate female presence in the public sphere.



Document Type


Degree Name

Art History

Level of Degree


Department Name

UNM Department of Art and Art History

First Committee Member (Chair)

Zuromskis, Catherine

Second Committee Member

Ramirez de Arellano, Adriana


Eighteenth-century, France, French Revolution, 1789 Revolution, Prints, Printmaking, Reproductive Prints, Fine-Art Prints, Fête Galante Prints, Genre Prints, Women, Citoyenne, Class, Agency