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Souvenirs of Madame Vigée Le Brun

Souvenirs of Madame Vigée Le Brun

Volume 1


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Art and Architecture

  • Date Published: November 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108080750

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  • The most accomplished female painter of her age, Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (1755–1842) is best remembered for her many portraits of Queen Marie Antoinette of France. Her two-volume autobiography was published in France in 1835–7, and this English version (of which the translator is unknown) in 1879. It begins with a series of ten letters to a Russian friend, Princess Kourakin, describing her family and early life, her artistic training, and her rise to the position of portraitist to the queen. The letters end with the Revolution and Vigée-Lebrun's flight abroad: the 'souvenirs' which follow describe her years of exile and her eventual return to France. Throughout her life, she supported herself and her family by her painting. Volume 1 ends with her staying in Austria, after a tour of the cities of Italy, during which she studied art as well as participating in the life of high society.

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    • Date Published: November 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108080750
    • length: 334 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. My childhood
    2. Death of my father
    3. My walks
    4. My marriage
    5. The queen
    6. Voyage to Flanders
    7. The Greek supper
    8. Le Kain
    9. Chantilly
    10. The duc de Nivernais
    11. Romainville
    12. 1789
    Part II:
    1. Turin
    2. Rome
    3. Portraits done in Rome
    4. Piazza of St Peter's
    5. I leave for Naples
    6. The Baron Talleyrand
    7. I return to Rome
    8. I leave Rome
    9. Venice
    10. Turin
    11. The comtesse de Thoun and her soirées
    12. Portraits I took in Vienna
    13. Huitzing.

  • Author

    Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun

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