PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST
By ELISABETH LOUISE VIGEE LE BRUN


PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST
By ELISABETH LOUISE VIGEE LE BRUN (1755-1842)
IN THE NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON

Madame Le Brun, in the course of a long life devoted to art, achieved an international reputation which has lasted down to the present day. She was born in Paris, her father being an obscure painter named Vigee, and at the age of twenty-one she married J. B. P. Le Brun, a picture dealer and grand-nephew of Charles Le Brun, the French historical painter.

As her portraits of herself show, she was possessed of great personal beauty, This, allied to her talent and great charm of manner, rapidly made her the fashion in Paris. She was only twenty-four when she first painted Marie Antoinette, and so successfully did she execute the commission that she formed a lasting friendship with the ill-fated Queen, and painted numerous members of the Royal Family and of the Court. After much opposition on account of her sex, she was elected to membership of the Academy.

At the outbreak of the French Revolution she went to Italy, making a triumphal tour of Europe on the way, and being honoured by various academies of painting which admitted her to membership in honour of her achievements. She visited London in 1802, and painted many portraits, including those of the Prince of Wales and Lord Byron. In 1805 she returned to Paris, where her salon was a centre of attraction to the cultured and refined men and women of the day until her death in 1842.

She was prodigiously industrious, in which respect she rivalled Sir Joshua Reynolds. Her "Souvenirs," published in 1837, were illustrated with no fewer than 662 portraits and 200 landscapes, which display the correctness of her drawing, the delicate and pleasing colouring, and the charm which make her work so delightful and so popular wherever her paintings are known.

From the book "Famous Paintings" Volume 2 printed in 1913.

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My Great Grandmother


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John Brett
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Arnesby Brown
The River Bank


Joseph Clark
Mother's Darling


John Constable
The Hay-Wain


Jean Baptiste Camille
Corot
The Fisherman's Hut


Jean Baptiste Camille
Corot
A Flood


Leonardo Da Vinci
Monna Lisa


Edouard Detaille
The Dream


Henri Fantin-Latour
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Thomas Gainsborough
Queen Charlotte


Thomas Gainsborough
The Market Cart


Jean Baptiste Greuze
The Head of a Girl


Jean Baptiste Greuze
Fidelity


James Clark Hook
Home With the Tide


Alfred William Hunt
Windsor Castle


Josef Israels
The Shipwrecked Mariner


B.W. Leader
The Stream in Summer-time


Madame Vigee Le Brun
Portrait of the Artist

Alphonse Legros
A Canal With a Fisherman


Anton Mauve
Watering Horses


J.L.E. Meissonier
The Cavalier


Sir J.E. Millais
Speak! Speak!


Sir J.E. Mallais
My First Sermon


George Morland
The Reckoning


George Morland
The Inside of a Stable


Murillo
The Immaculate Conception
of the Virgin


Alfred Parsons
When Nature Painted
All Things Gay


Ralph Peacock
The Sisters


Rembrandt
Syndics of the
Cloth Merchants' Guild


Guido Reni
"Ecce Homo"


Sir Joshua Reynolds
Portrait of Mrs. Richard Hoare
With Her Infant Son


Briton Riviere
The Temptation
in the Wilderness


Dante Gabriel
Rossetti
Day Dreams


John Singer Sargent
Miss Ellen Terry
as Lady Macbeth


Lady Stanley
(Dorothy Tennant)
His First Offence


Jan Steen
Grace Before Meat


Marcus Stone
On the Road from
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Constant Troyon
Watering Cattle


H.S. Tuke
"All Hands to the Pumps"


Velazquez
King Philip IV. of Spain


S.E. Waller
Sweethearts and Wives


Thomas Webster
The Smile

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