Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun

Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun

The Odyssey of An Artist in An Age of Revolution

Book - 2005
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The foremost woman artist of her age, Elisabeth Vig#65533;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#65533;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#65533;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#65533;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#65533;e Le Brun's portraits presented in full color, completes this exceptional volume.

Publisher: New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2005.
ISBN: 9780300108729
Branch Call Number: BIO VigeeLeB L. May 2005
Characteristics: 237 p., 16 p. of plates :,ill. (some col.) ;,22 cm.


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