Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

Portrait of Marie Gabrielle de Gramont Duchesse de Caderousse

Her early teen years proved to be fruitful for her as she was already painting portraits professionally and was a member of the Académie de Saint-Luc by the age of 19. To become an artist of this caliber was no easy feat for anyone, let alone an 18th-century woman. It was no doubt this proficiency with a brush that drew the attention of notable nobility throughout France. However, it was the ongoing patronage of Marie Antoinette (1755-1793) that cemented Vigée Le Burn amongst their ranks. Read More