Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun : a promising student

Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun has observed her father at work, taking some rather disjointed lessons with Madame Blaise Bocquet, Pierre Davesne and Gabriel Briard.
2 October 2015
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Portrait de Joseph Vernet © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Jean-Gilles Berizzi
She also received advice from the academicians Joseph Vernet and Gabriel François Doyen, the young artist studied royal collections, private collections and the works her husband dealt with, particularly old masters and contemporary masters like Jean Baptiste Greuze.

In this way, she gradually acquired a sophisticated and very personal technique which enabled her to pit her strength against the most skilled portrait painters of her time. This mastery, the fact her brother was a well-known writer and her husband a well-informed art dealer, together with her network of influential relations meant that she soon acquired a select client base and became increasingly famous.
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