Elisabeth Vigee Lebrun

             Elisabeth Le Brun is known as a prominent woman artist in Eighteenth Century
             art. She is known for her work as a portrait painter. Her most famous works are included
             in the series that she had painted at age twenty-four of Queen Marie-Antoinette. Elisabeth
             was a woman of so many talents. Before she died at eighty-seven years old, she was an
             accomplished artist, exceptional musician, and a loving mother. She was an unusually
             unattractive woman. Although, she was charming and self-confident with an ability to
             present her sitters’ personas with an advantage. She was very reputable because she
             managed to keep her head and professional reputation in a time of the French Revolution.
             Whereupon she gained fame in France, Italy, Austria, and Russia. By the age fifteen she
             could have supported herself and her family. Nine years later she began work on her most
             famous portrait series of Marie-Antoinette, which included “Marie-Antoinette and her
             children at Verssailles-1788”. This portrait was the last of thirty that Elisabeth painted of
             the doomed Queen. This painting still hangs at Versailles. Elisabeth was a painter of the
             Rococo period which placed emphasis on portraying the carefree life of the nobility rather
             than on heroes or martyrs. Love and romance were considered to be better subjects for
             art than historical or religious subjects. The styles characteristics were free, graceful
             movements; a playful use of line; and delicate colors. Marie-Antoinette is painted with a
             fair complexion and is portrayed as an extremely feminine woman. Elisabeth shows Marie
             as a good motherly figure. The Queen and Elisabeth developed a close relationship which
             later became too dangerous. After Marie-Antoinette and Louis XIV were arrested,
             Elisabeth began twelve years of exile. Although, her talent gained her admissions to
             several academies. Here is a quote characterizing her art as, “

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