In 1805, Vigée Le Brun returned to France for good, but she continued to travel and made some trips to Switzerland.
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In her portraits, she tried to maintain the delicate skills and sensitivity that had made her successful before the Revolution and during her Emigration. Her salon still attracted celebrities, foreign visitors and fashionable artists and writers because of the fact that she had witnessed the heyday of Louis XVI.
The artist continued to paint portraits but also took up open-air landscape painting which was a new genre for her. In the lists of her works, she indicates that she had done over 200 pastel paintings of landscapes just for her own enjoyment.
We only have a few of them. Yet, they illustrate the romantic generation’s new feeling for nature.