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Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun : The Odyssey of an Artist in an Age of Revolution
by Gita May




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The story of Marie Antoinette's portraitist, a remarkable woman living in dangerous times

The foremost woman artist of her age, Elisabeth Vig e Le Brun (1755--1842) exerted her considerable charm to become the friend, and then official portraitist, of Marie Antoinette. Though profitable, this role made Vig e Le Brun a public and controversial figure, and in 1789 it precipitated her exile. In a Europe torn by strife and revolution, she nevertheless managed to thrive as an independent, self-supporting artist, doggedly setting up studios in Rome, Naples, Venice, Milan, Vienna, St. Petersburg, and London. Long overlooked or dismissed, Vig e Le Brun's portraits now hang in the Louvre, in a room of their own, as well as in all leading art museums of the world.


This gripping biography tells the story of a singularly gifted and high-spirited woman during the revolutionary era and explores the development and significance of her art. The book also recounts the public and private lives of Elisabeth Vig e Le Brun, connecting her with such personalities of her age as Catherine the Great, Napoleon, and Benjamin Franklin, and setting her experiences in the context of contemporary European politics and culture. A generous selection of illustrations, including sixteen of Vig e Le Brun's portraits presented in full color, completes this exceptional volume.

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Overview

The story of Marie Antoinette's portraitist, a remarkable woman living in dangerous times

The foremost woman artist of her age, Elisabeth Vig e Le Brun (1755--1842) exerted her considerable charm to become the friend, and then official portraitist, of Marie Antoinette. Though profitable, this role made Vig e Le Brun a public and controversial figure, and in 1789 it precipitated her exile. In a Europe torn by strife and revolution, she nevertheless managed to thrive as an independent, self-supporting artist, doggedly setting up studios in Rome, Naples, Venice, Milan, Vienna, St. Petersburg, and London. Long overlooked or dismissed, Vig e Le Brun's portraits now hang in the Louvre, in a room of their own, as well as in all leading art museums of the world.


This gripping biography tells the story of a singularly gifted and high-spirited woman during the revolutionary era and explores the development and significance of her art. The book also recounts the public and private lives of Elisabeth Vig e Le Brun, connecting her with such personalities of her age as Catherine the Great, Napoleon, and Benjamin Franklin, and setting her experiences in the context of contemporary European politics and culture. A generous selection of illustrations, including sixteen of Vig e Le Brun's portraits presented in full color, completes this exceptional volume.



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  • ISBN-13: 9780300108729
  • ISBN-10: 0300108729
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publish Date: October 2005
  • Page Count: 237
  • Dimensions: 8.34 x 5.78 x 0.78 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds


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