With our modern worldview, we often assume that all women of previous centuries were downtrodden and uncelebrated. This may be true for many, but was certainly not the case for Vigee-LeBrun. She was an incredibly successful portrait artist in 18th century France, and fame followed her throughout Europe. She was not the only feminine success found within thes I found it fascinating, although was hindered just a bit by the translation, which seemed to be stilted at times, and inaccurate at others.
Proud New Yorker interested in the contributions of women to our city. Author, expert and teacher on Chinese art and culture. Woman Artist in Revolutionary France, an exhibition now at Elisabeth vigee le brun Metropolitan Museum of Art is a long-overdue retrospective of the artist known as France's last great portraitist.
The exhibition presents 79 of the artist's portraits; a veritable Who's Who of Europe's women of the era plus some men in very spiffy costumes as well.
The selection of portraits and self portraits in the exhibition provides the visitor with a visual record of the changing values and attitude towards women at the end of the 18th century, as well as the changing circumstances of the artist's own life.
Marie Antoinette in a Chemise shows the monarch in pastoral costume holding a pink cabbage rose, her signature flower, at the peak of its bloom. It was violently condemned as inappropriate for a public portrayal of royalty.
This was the sort of costume that Marie Antoinette enjoyed at the Petit Trianonbuilt for informal moments at Versailles away from the demands of court life and court dress with its tight corsets and wide panniers.
Hessiche Hausstifung, Kronberg, Germany The portrait was promptly removed, and replaced by a new, more formal portrait of the Queen deemed more fitting by the Salon.
Same pose, same rose, same sitter In place of the shocking pastoral gown is a pastoral setting for the Queen herself. She stands beside a rose bush from which she has gathered a bouquet of buds that surround a large, central bloom.
A tree trunk seems to grow directly from the slate gray satin covering the wide, formal panniers of her lace-trimmed skirt. Tree branches, heavy with green leaves, back up the pouf hairstyle making her seem to be a sort of human manifestation of the garden that is France.
Perfect for the Salon. Marie Antoinette and Her Children shows the Queen as a regal mother. She is shown seated within the palace at Versailles and surrounded by three of her children. She also consulted the Neoclassical painter Jacques Louis David in her effort to present the Queen as a dignified and morally irreproachable monarch.
The portrait was a direct response to the " Affair of the Necklace " the previous year.
This is the bed of his little sister who died at the age of 11 months, before the portrait could be finished. During the Revolution, David, the Neoclassical painter who had been consulted for this final portrait, became the virtual dictator of art in the New Republic and a good friend of Robespierre.
As for the French public, they also failed to equate Marie Antoinette's depiction as regal mother with good rule, piety and impeccable morals. In a twist from the reaction to the two portraits ofthe formal pose and setting brought ire. They saw only the irresponsible extravagance of the Queen's surroundings, dress and hairstyle.
She depicted herself painting a portrait of her French patron, Marie Antoinette. The artist chose to depict herself in a black dress with white ruff at the neck and crimson belt.One of the best art books I have ever acquired.
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