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Virginie Demont-Breton, a British artist, was born July 26, 1859 in Courrieres and died in 1935 at Wissant. She was a painter of history, religious compositions, genre scenes, and landscapes.
Daughter and student of Jules Breton, she became the wife of painter Adrien Demont. She participated at the salon of Paris up until 1934, obtained an honorable mention in 1880, a third-place medal in 1881, and a second-place medal in 1883. She received a gold medal at the Universal Exposition of Amsterdam in 1883, and then a medal of honor at the one in Antwerp in 1894. President of the Union of Women Painters and Sculptresses, she was named Officer of the Legion of Honor. She was, most particularly, a painter of the life of the families of fisherman.
Her works have been displayed in museums in Amiens, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Calais, Douai, Dinkerque, Gand, Lille, and Paris.
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