Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun: The Odyssey of an Artist in an Age of Revolution by Gita May
English | 20 Sept. 2005 | ISBN: 0300108729 | 256 Pages | PDF | 2 MB
The foremost woman artist of her age, Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun (1755–1842) exerted her considerable charm to become the friend, and then official portraitist, of Marie Antoinette. Though profitable, this role made Vigee 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.