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Vigée Le Brun

Élisabeth Louise VIGÉE LE BRUN (1755-1842) was a portraitist who captivated the Europe of her day. Carrying on the age-old tradition of being both artist and dealer, she arranged to be introduced to Queen Marie-Antoinette, her future patron, whom she painted numerous times. Admitted as a member to the Académie royale de peinture et sculpture in 1783, she exhibited several times at the Salon. During her period of exile (provoked by the Revolution in 1789), she visited Italy, Austria, Russia, and Germany, amassing a considerable fortune with her painting. When she returned to France in 1802, she continued to paint, the gracefulness of her style evolving towards greater rigor under the influence of Jacques Louis David. She devoted the later years of her life to writing her memoirs, published between 1835 and 1837, with the title Souvenirs. Joseph Baillio's catalogue will include not only the listing of paintings, but also a biography supported by numerous unpublished documents.

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