Thursday, December 19, 2013

Eye Candy for Today: Vigée Le Brun portrait

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.

5 thoughts on “Eye Candy for Today: Vigée Le Brun portrait

  1. Nancy Ewart

    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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