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Souvenirs of Madame Vigée Le Brun

Souvenirs of Madame Vigée Le Brun

Volume 2


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Art and Architecture

  • Date Published: November 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108080767

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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 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 2 recounts her extended stay in Russia, where she painted many of the aristocracy, a brief return to Paris, a visit to England, and her final return to France.

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    • Date Published: November 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108080767
    • length: 322 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. I leave Vienna
    2. Peterhoff
    3. Comte Cobentzel
    4. I paint the two young grand-duchesses
    5. The cold at St Petersburg
    6. The lake of Pergola
    7. Catherine
    8. Paul I
    9. Portrait of the empress Marie
    10. My reception by the St Petersburg Academy
    11. A bad road
    12. Death of Paul I
    13. Narva
    14. I leave Berlin
    15. I arrive in Paris
    16. London
    17. The Prince of Wales
    18. The Chinnery family
    19. I leave England
    20. Louveciennes
    21. The queen's portrait
    22. Cruel losses I sustained in my family
    Postscriptum by the editor.

  • Author

    Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun

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