Abigail de Andrade was a brazilian painter, one of the first female-brazilian painters. Rose very little about the life of this fluminense painter. It is known however, that, at 18, in March 1882, participated in the first exhibition organized by the Propagator Society of Fine Arts, competing in the drawings section with half a dozen works, and the critical praised the excellent quality of them. It is known that she studied at the School of Arts and Crafts and was student of Angelo Agostini and Joaquim José Insley Pacheco.
She exhibited at the General Exhibition of Fine Arts, in 1884, the latest, the biggest and the brightest that took place in the period of the second reign(1831-1889), Abigail participated in the painting section, with fourteen works: four oils representing everyday scenes, two portraits, three copies and five design studies. Although rookie, Abigail de Andrade was awarded the \\\\\\\"First Gold Medal\\\\\\\", accolade shared with Thomas Georg Driendl, Giovanni Battista Castagneto and Georg Grimm. By the renouwn of her award mates, could never have exposed mediocre work. Two oils, among the total of the work presented stood out and it was they who led the coveted prize: \\\\\\\"Shopping Cart\\\\\\\" and \\\\\\\"A Corner of my Atelier\\\\\\\".
In 1886 held two solo exhibitions in Rio de Janeiro. The first took place in the Casa Vicitas and the second in the Casa Costrejean.
The artist is also remembered for the tragic love affair with her teacher, Ângelo Agostini, a married man and respected and influential artist at the time. It was a tremendous scandal. Abigail became pregnant in 1888 and, due to the prejudice of society, had to take refuge with the teacher in Paris, taking the small Angelina Agostini, who would be also an established artist. In the French capital, lost the second child after birth, and died soon after, at age 27.