He who knows how to appreciate colour relationships, the influence of one colour on another, their contrasts and dissonances, is promised an infinitely diverse imagery.
- Sonia Delaunay
Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
- Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
 

 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Eye Candy for Today: Vigée Le Brun portrait

Posted by Charley Parker at 6:49 pm

Portrait of Marie Gabrielle de Gramont, Duchesse de Caderousse, Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le Brun
Portrait of Marie Gabrielle de Gramont, Duchesse de Caderousse, Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun

On Google Art Project, also available on Wikimedia Commons. Original is in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

I think Vigée Le Brun likely “sweetened” her portraits a bit — flattering the sitter — but I’m a complete sucker for it. I just love the way she paints. Look at the soft, painterly edges of the face, hands, forearm and fruit, contrasted with the rough texture and harder edges of the scarf, ribbon and hat.

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  1. Comment by Ælle
    Friday, December 20, 2013 @ 7:15 pm

    When women hadn’t heard of mascara, eyeshadow, eyeliner, lipstick or even CHANEL N°5…..
    http://www.chanel.com/en_US/fragrance-beauty/N%C2%B05-136328
    Nevertheless, the Dutchess is stunning!

  2. Comment by Charley Parker
    Friday, December 20, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

    As was Vigée Le Brun herself: http://linesandcolors.com/2012/12/31/eye-candy-for-today-vigee-le-brun-self-portrait/

  3. Comment by Ælle
    Saturday, December 21, 2013 @ 5:37 am

    Typo: Duchess of Caderousse.

    http://www.batguano.com/vigeeartpages.html

    Leah Marie Brown, Author, who idolises Marie Antoinette, wrote ‘A Tale of two Duchesses’.
    http://leahmariebrown.blogspot.nl/2011_12_01_archive.html

  4. Comment by Ælle
    Saturday, December 21, 2013 @ 5:57 am

    I wonder if French miniaturist Jean-Baptiste Jacques Augustin painted Marie-Gabrielle de Sinéty, her maiden name, before or after Vigée le Brun.
    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Marie-Gabrielle_de_Sin%C3%A9ty,_duchesse_de_Caderousse.jpg

  5. Comment by Nancy Ewart
    Saturday, December 21, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

    I have always loved her work – thank you for posting it in such loving detail. Now she was one damned fine painter and to heck with the text books that brush her off with a few condensing words. As always, your page is a joy to visit.

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