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“Self-portrait in a Straw Hat” by Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

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“Self-portrait in a Straw Hat” by Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

“Self-portrait in a Straw Hat” by Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun portrays the prominent French portrait painter who was a friend and favourite artist of Marie Antoinette. In the 1700’s, Madame Le Brun painted portraits of nobility and with Marie Antoinette support her career flourished. She painted more than 30 paintings of the queen and her family but was forced to flee the country during the French Revolution.

After fleeing the French she lived and worked in the major European capitals where she enjoyed the patronage of European aristocrats, actors, and writers, and was elected to art academies in ten cities. Her artistic style was part of the aftermath of Rococo, while she also adopted a neoclassical style. Her colour palette was Rococo influenced, but her style assumed the emerging Neoclassicism.

Vigée Le Brun left a legacy of some 660 portraits and 200 landscapes, and when she was in her eighties, she published her memoirs in three volumes, called Souvenirs.

Self-portrait in a Straw Hat

  • Title:             Self-portrait in a Straw Hat
  • Artist:           Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun
  • Year:             1782
  • Type:            Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 97.8 × 70.5 cm (38.5 × 27.7 in)
  • Museum:      National Gallery, London

Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun


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Photo Credit: 1) Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons