Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

Self Portrait with Artist's Daughter

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