Marie Magdeleine Real del Sarte

Marie Magdeleine Real del Sarte or Real del Sarte (1853 – 1927) was a French painter and model.

Marie Magdeleine Real del Sarte
Portrait of Real del Sarte by her husband
Born(1853-06-23)June 23, 1853
Paris, France
DiedMarch 16, 1927(1927-03-16) (aged 73)
Paris, France
EducationAcadémie Julian
Known forPainting
Louis Désiré Réal
(m. after 1887)

Real del Sarte was born in Paris as the daughter of François Delsarte, and attended the Académie Julian from 1874 where she was taught by Gustave Boulanger, Tony Robert-Fleury and Jules Lefebvre. She is the blond girl in the middle of Marie Bashkirtseff's 1881 painting In the Studio.[1] She became a teacher there while still attending classes and married her cousin, the sculptor Louis Désiré Réal on 1 March 1887. After that she began signing her works Real del Sarte. Her son Maxime Real del Sarte became a sculptor. Her painting Do You Want to Model? was one of the works featured in Women Painters of the World by Walter Shaw Sparrow (1905); one of the first books that treated 19th-century female artists as worthy of serious attention.[2] Her niece Thérèse Geraldy was her pupil.

Sarte died in Paris.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ letter to the paper by Real del Sarte herself
  2. ^ Women painters of the world, from the time of Caterina Vigri, 1413-1463, to Rosa Bonheur and the present day, by Walter Shaw Sparrow, The Art and Life Library, Hodder & Stoughton, 27 Paternoster Row, London, 1905