Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun was charming, witty, and a brilliant portrait painter. Known for her sensitivity and ability to capture the essence of a personality through facial expression and symbolism within the painting, her portraits were fresh and inviting.
My first acquaintance with Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun was through the book by Kate Williams (a veritable page turner) “England’s Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton.”
Élisabeth Vigée-Le Brun – portrait of Marguerite Porporati – 1792
Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun’s “Life Study of Lady Hamilton as the Cumaean Sybil” was completed in 1792. The painting now resides in the Met Museum.
Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun Painted over 600 portraits and 200 landscapes. She was a powerhouse. I have included an excellent video by the National Galleries that I know you will enjoy.