Portrait of Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun

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1755-1842

French Neoclassical Painter

Marie-Louise-Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (April 16, 1755 - March 30, 1842) was a French painter, the most famous woman painter of the 18th century.
She was born in Paris, the daughter of a painter, from whom she received her first instruction, though she benefited more by the advice of Gabriel François Doyen, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Joseph Vernet and other masters of the period. By the time she was in her early teens, she was already painting portraits professionally. After her studio was seized for practicing without a license, she applied to the Académie de Saint Luc who willingly exhibited her works in their Salon. On 25 October 1774, she was made a member of the Académie.
In 1776, she married Jean-Baptiste-Pierre Lebrun, a painter and art dealer. She painted portraits of many of the nobility of the day and as her career blossomed, she was invited to the Palace of Versailles to paint Queen Marie-Antoinette. So pleased was the Queen that over the next several years, Vigée-Lebrun was commissioned to do numerous portraits of the Queen, her children, and other members of the Royal family and household.
In 1781 she and her husband toured Flanders and the Netherlands where the works of the Flemish masters inspired her to try new techniques. There, she painted portraits of some of the nobility, including the Prince of Nassau.
On May 31, 1783, Vigée-Lebrun was accepted as a member of France's Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture as a painter of historical allegory. Adelaide Labille-Guiard was also admitted on the same day. The admission of Vigée-Lebrun was opposed by the men in charge on the grounds that her husband was an art dealer, but eventually they were overruled by an order from Louis XVI after Marie-Antoinette put considerable pressure on her husband on behalf of her painter. The admission of more than one woman on the same day encouraged comparisons between the women instead of between one woman and the men members.
After the arrest of the royal family during the French Revolution Vigée-Lebrun fled France and lived and worked for some years in Italy, Austria, and Russia, where her experience in dealing with an aristocratic clientele was still useful. In Rome, her paintings met with great critical acclaim and she was elected to the Roman Accademia di San Luca. In Russia, she was received by the nobility and painted numerous members of Catherine the Great's family. While there, Vigée-Lebrun was made a member of the Academy of Fine Arts of St. Petersburg.
She was welcomed back to France during the reign of Emperor Napoleon I. Much in demand by the elite of Europe, she visited England at the beginning of the 19th century and painted the portrait of several British notables including Lord Byron. In 1807 she traveled to Switzerland and was made an honorary member of the Societe pour l'Avancement des Beaux-Arts of Geneva.
She published her memoirs in 1835 and 1837, which provide an interesting view of the training of artists at the end of the period dominated by royal academies.
Still very active with her painting, in her fifties, she purchased a house in Louveciennes, Île-de-France, and lived there until the house was seized by the Prussian Army during the war in 1814. She stayed in Paris until her death on March 30, 1842 when her body was taken back to Louveciennes and buried in the cemetery near her old home.
Her tombstone epitaph states "Ici, enfin, je repose…" (Here, at last, I rest…).
Vigée-Lebrun is considered the most important female artist of the 18th century. She left behind 660 portraits and 200 landscapes. In addition to private collections, her works can be found at major museums in Europe and the United States.

46 Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun Paintings

Madame Vigee-Lebrun and her Daughter Jeanne-Lucie-Louise, 1789 by Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun | Painting Reproduction

Madame Vigee-Lebrun and her Daughter ... 1789

Oil Painting
$4978
Canvas Print
$92.22
SKU: LBE-12533
Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun
Original Size: 130 x 94 cm
Louvre Museum, Paris, France

Peace Leads Abundance, 1780 by Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun | Painting Reproduction

Peace Leads Abundance 1780

Oil Painting
$5128
Canvas Print
$59.07
SKU: LBE-12534
Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun
Original Size: 102.5 x 132.5 cm
Louvre Museum, Paris, France

The Painter Hubert Robert, 1788 by Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun | Painting Reproduction

The Painter Hubert Robert 1788

Oil Painting
$3700
Canvas Print
$60.44
SKU: LBE-12535
Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun
Original Size: 105 x 84 cm
Louvre Museum, Paris, France

Portrait of the Artist's Daughter, n.d. by Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of the Artist's Daughter n.d.

Oil Painting
$2100
Canvas Print
$51.34
SKU: LBE-12536
Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun
Original Size: unknown
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna, Italy

Portrait of Giovanni Paisiello, a.1791 by Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Giovanni Paisiello a.1791

Oil Painting
$2964
Canvas Print
$55.50
SKU: LBE-12537
Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun
Original Size: 129 x 94 cm
Museum of Palace of Versailles, Paris, France

Mary Louise of Bourbon-Sicily, Grand Duchess of Tuscany, 1790 by Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun | Painting Reproduction

Mary Louise of Bourbon-Sicily, Grand Duchess of Tuscany 1790

Oil Painting
$3070
Canvas Print
$86.01
SKU: LBE-12538
Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun
Original Size: unknown
Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte , Napoli, Italy

Portrait of Marie-Christine of Bourbon-Naples, c.1790 by Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Marie-Christine of Bourbon-Naples c.1790

Oil Painting
$5099
Canvas Print
$95.77
SKU: LBE-12539
Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun
Original Size: unknown
Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte , Napoli, Italy

The Countess von Schonfeld with Her Daughter, 1793 by Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun | Painting Reproduction

The Countess von Schonfeld with Her Daughter 1793

Oil Painting
$4477
Canvas Print
$67.04
SKU: LBE-12540
Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun
Original Size: 134 x 97.8 cm
University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, USA

Portrait of Madame Du Barry, 1781 by Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Madame Du Barry 1781

Oil Painting
$2559
Canvas Print
$88.84
SKU: LBE-12541
Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun
Original Size: 69.2 x 51.4 cm
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, USA

Self Portrait in a Straw Hat, a.1782 by Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun | Painting Reproduction

Self Portrait in a Straw Hat a.1782

Oil Painting
$2819
Canvas Print
$54.40
SKU: LBE-12542
Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun
Original Size: 97.8 x 70.5 cm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Mademoiselle Brongniart, 1788 by Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun | Painting Reproduction

Mademoiselle Brongniart 1788

Oil Painting
$2516
Canvas Print
$86.67
SKU: LBE-12543
Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun
Original Size: 65.1 x 53.3 cm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Anne Catherine Le Preudhomme de Chatenoy, Comtesse de Verdun, as a Beautiful Gardener, 1788 by Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun | Painting Reproduction

Anne Catherine Le Preudhomme de Chatenoy, ... 1788

Oil Painting
$2657
Canvas Print
$88.40
SKU: LBE-12544
Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun
Original Size: 66.4 x 53.3 cm
Private Collection

Bacchante, 1785 by Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun | Painting Reproduction

Bacchante 1785

Oil Painting
$2605
Canvas Print
$60.44
SKU: LBE-12545
Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun
Original Size: 72.6 x 59.4 cm
The Clark Art Institute, Massachusetts, USA

Portrait of Maguerite Porporati, 1792 by Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Maguerite Porporati 1792

Oil Painting
$2208
Canvas Print
$49.86
SKU: LBE-12546
Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun
Original Size: 48.9 x 35.3 cm
Galleria Sabauda, Turin, Italy

Portrait of Countess Varvara Nikolaevna Golovine, nee Galitzine, c.1797/00 by Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Countess Varvara Nikolaevna Golovine, ... c.1797/00

Oil Painting
$2571
Canvas Print
$51.85
SKU: LBE-12547
Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun
Original Size: 83.5 x 66.7 cm
Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Portrait of Emma Hart, later Lady Hamilton, as a Sibyl, c.1792 by Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Emma Hart, later Lady Hamilton, as a Sibyl c.1792

Oil Painting
$1108
Canvas Print
$50.95
SKU: LBE-12548
Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun
Original Size: 73 x 56 cm
Private Collection

Portrait of Adelaide de France, 1791 by Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Adelaide de France 1791

Oil Painting
$2632
Canvas Print
$55.29
SKU: LBE-12549
Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun
Original Size: unknown
Public Collection

Portrait of Prince Alexander Borisovich Kurakin, 1797 by Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Prince Alexander Borisovich Kurakin 1797

Oil Painting
$3368
Canvas Print
$51.21
SKU: LBE-12550
Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun
Original Size: 96 x 76 cm
The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Portrait of Countess Maria Theresia Bucquoi, 1793 by Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Countess Maria Theresia Bucquoi 1793

Oil Painting
$3830
Canvas Print
$54.13
SKU: LBE-17602
Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun
Original Size: 136 x 99 cm
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota, USA

Self-Portrait, c.1781 by Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun | Painting Reproduction

Self-Portrait c.1781

Oil Painting
$2828
Canvas Print
$62.78
SKU: LBE-17695
Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun
Original Size: 64.8 x 54 cm
Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, USA

Princess Youssoupoff, 1797 by Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun | Painting Reproduction

Princess Youssoupoff 1797

Oil Painting
$2721
Canvas Print
$55.64
SKU: LBE-19008
Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun
Original Size: 141 x 104 cm
Fuji Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Portrait of Princess Alexandra Golitsyna and Her Son Piotr, 1794 by Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Princess Alexandra Golitsyna and Her ... 1794

Oil Painting
$4239
Canvas Print
$54.40
SKU: LBE-19599
Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun
Original Size: 137 x 101 cm
Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia

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