Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun and the French elegance

Thanks to her talent, her great capacity for work and her renowned physical beauty, the portrait artist promoted her career brilliantly by associating with the elite and gradually climbing up the social ladder.
24 November 2015
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Portrait de la comtesse Du Barry, née Jeanne Bécu, au chapeau de paille © Photo François Doury
Her success is particularly evident in the works she produced in the 1780s.

Vigée Le Brun left a gallery of portraits that superbly illustrate changing fashions. Full-figured women with beautiful complexions and smiling mouths, sometimes revealing their teeth, are depicted in indolent poses, either staring into space or looking provocative.

Great sensuality, animal magnetism and even erotic intensity are characteristic features.
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