After years of purchasing luxurious garments, Marie Antoinette promoted this much simpler, loose-fitting linen chemise in several ways: she wore them during her second pregnancy in 1781 and appeared in one in the infamous 1783 portrait by Vigee-LeBrun
(now in the Hessische Hausstiftung Collection).
In France, the portrait painter Elisabeth Louise Vigee-Lebrun
(1755-1842) was a popular and commercial success while, in England, Angelica Kauffman (1741-1807) was a founding member of London's Royal Academy of the Arts.
Gallet, Michel; La Maison de Madame Vigee-Lebrun
rue du Gros-Chenet., in, Gazette des Beaux-Arts, Vol.
For instance, in a work inspired by a portrait by Louise Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun
, Juszkiewicz has painted the back of the head in place of the model's face, executing the parting of the hair and curls gathered on the top of the head with exquisite precision.
Contributors such as Mary Sheriff, writing on the Memoires of Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun
, or Susan Siegfried, in her stimulating discussion of critics in the post-revolutionary women's press, further nuance this point in exploring overlaps and opportunities that challenged the suffocating ideology of separate spheres.
A few of her memoirs are charming (Madame Vigee-LeBrun
's despite their vanity); a few are informative (Honore Riouffe's descriptions of prison life).
The Portrait of the Countess Golovine by Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun
at the Barber Institute
A chance to see works by pioneers of women's art, such as the 16th and 17th-century Italian painters Lavinia Fontana and Elisabetta Sirani and the 18th-century French artist Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun
, this exhibition celebrates female artists from the 16th century to the present.
With the exception of two of three outstanding paintings by Vigee-Lebrun