Karen F Rose My Painting Journey

Monday, September 26, 2011

French, Female and a Portrait Painter

Self portrait of Louse Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun and her daughter
Louvre Museum
Photo Karen F. Rose
In my last post, I showed the portrait of Marie Antoinette and asked who painted it and where is it hanging now?
The French female artist who painted that portrait of Marie Antoinette was
Louise Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun (1755- 1842) perhaps the most famous female painter of the 18th century.
Above she is pictured in this charming self portrait with her daughter that hangs in the Louvre.
Being a painter is tough, being a woman who paints portraits is even tougher and being a woman painter during the age of the French revolution and having been a portraitist to the queen of France ...well enough said.
You might want to read more about this amazing woman posted on the website of Kings College  HERE   
In answer to my "Paris and Beyond Art Adventure" questions
Marie Antoinette's picture now hangs in the Petit Trianon at Versailles.
The architect of the Louvre's pyramid was I.M. Pei
and the Musee d' Orsay was converted from a train station into an art museum.

In the next few weeks I will post art, food and history related questions about Paris and Provence. And, we will do a little sightseeing.
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Please leave a comment below. I'd love to hear from you.
If you had your portrait painted, what location would you choose? Would you choose to be formal or select casual clothing. What would best reflect your personality?


Kathy Cousart said...

Wonderful informative post and am really enjoying these. To answer your questions...I would have to choose the beach at Saint Simon's Island, with Dave! Dress is casual and perhaps even golf clothes just after a great round of golf at Sea Island...Add in a new little bichon puppy and we would be in heaven! I know you are smiling now:)

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

I love these posts - it's like being in an Art History class! and going to Paris!

And... I'd have a casual portrait painted - with my 2 cats and my pug!

Karen F. Rose said...

The amazing Jerry Stocks left a comment and Blogger was having some hiccups and did not post it last night so I will try.
Jerry said "Can't wait to take the trip. When I was a flight attendant, I got to be in Paris for 24 hours. I have not been back and have always wanted to make a return trip. Thanks for the opportunity".