Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun: The Odyssey of an Artist in an Age of Revolution (Google eBook)

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Yale University Press, Oct 1, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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The foremost woman artist of her age, Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1755—1842) exerted her considerable charm to become the friend, and then official portraitist, of Marie Antoinette. Though profitable, this role made Vigée 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, Vigée 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 Vigée 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 Vigée Le Brun’s portraits presented in full color, completes this exceptional volume.

  

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I must point out that I am reading this because I don't know that much about the subject; I can't really speak to its accuracy. I have always been charmed by Vigee Le Brun's work, and this is a ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Early Years
7
2 First Successes
17
3 Marriage
22
4 MarieAntoinettes Portraitist
37
5 Vigée Le Brun Salonnière
48
6 1789
67
7 Rome
77
10 The Russian Experience
127
11 Homeward Bound
152
12 The English Interlude
165
13 Return to Imperial France
175
14 An Active Old Age
190
Afterword
202
Notes
205
Authors Note
221

8 Naples Venice Milan
88
9 Vienna
113

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About the author (2008)

Gita May is professor of French literature, Columbia University. She has taught and published extensively on late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century French literature, art, and culture.

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