Wadsworth Atheneum

ELISABETH VIGEE LE BRUN

Few women artists have had a career as brilliant as that of Louise Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun. By the age of twenty, she was already a portrait painter admired at court and in town. Her ability to render a likeness, while all the time embellishing the features of her models, assured her success. The achievement of the first effigy of Marie Antoinette in 1778 determined her destiny: she became official painter to the queen.

But when the Revolution broke out, she had no other choice than to flee from France. From Italy to Russia, her brush acquired a Europe-wide reputation. Varying the formulas of her art, right up to her death in 1842, she never ceased to paint. Her oeuvre numbers several hundred portraits: children and adolescents, artists and musicians, diplomats and financiers, all posed before the easel of the tireless traveler.

Details: By Genevieve Haroche-Bouzinac
published 2015, 64 pages softcover


 

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