Anne Vallayer-Coster (1744-1818) was an eighteenth-century French painter. Known as a prodigy artist at a young age, she achieved fame and recognition very early in her career, being admitted to the Royal Academy in 1770, at the age of twenty-six. Despite the negative reputation that still-life painting had at this time, Vallayer-Coster’s highly developed skills, especially in the depiction of flowers, soon generated a great deal of attention from collectors and other artists. Her “precocious talent and the rave reviews” earned her the attention of the court, where Marie-Antoinette took a particular interest in Vallayer-Coster’s paintings.
Harper's New Monthly Magazine (New York, NY: Harper & Brothers, 1871)