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An Exceptional Woman of the Eighteenth Century Elizabeth-Louise Vigee-Le Brun is noted as a very prominent womanartist in theWorld of the Eighteenth Century art She is known for her work as a portrait painter Her most famous works are included in the series that she had painted at age twenty-four of Queen Marie-Antoinette Vigee-Le Brun was a woman of so many talents Before she died at eighty-seven years old she was an accomplished artist exceptional musician and a loving mother to her daughter Julie Vigee-Le Brun was an unusually unattractive woman She was charming and self-confident with an ability to present her sitters personas most advantageously Vigee-Le Brun was very reputable because she managed to keep her head and professional reputation in a time of political upheaval French Revolution This allowed her to gain fame in France Italy Austria and Russia Vigee-Le Brun was such an endowed artist that by the age of fifteen she could have supported herself and her family if her funds werent taken away from her by her stepfather and unruly husband Just nine years later she began her most famous portrait series of Marie-Antoinette This series included Marie-Antoinette and her children at Versailles -1788 shown below the last portrait of thirty that Vigee-Le Brun painted of the doomed queen This painting still hangs at Versailles Louis XVI said to Vigee-Le Brun I have no knowledge of painting but you make me fond of it Levey 280Notice the painting shown on the pervious page Vigee-Le Brun was a painter of the Rococo period Rococo is best described as an eighteenth century art style that placed emphasis on portraying the carefree life of the aristocracy rather than on grand heroes or pious martyrs Love and romance were considered to be better subjects for art than historical or religious subjects The style was characterized by a free graceful movement a playful use of line and delicate colors This is represented it
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