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Madame Vigee Lebrun (1755-1842)

Madame Vigée Lebrun (Elisabeth-Louise Vigéé-Lebrun) has a high rank among famous women painters

A corageous, prolific artist crossing her life with the French revolution and the turmoils of both her private life as well as 19th century Europe. Daughter of a painter and a hairdresser, she became the most famous painter and portraitist of the 18-19th century (e.g. she painted Marie Antoinette). She was influenced by Rubens and her style is Rococo.

Selfportrait, probably at age 26, in 1781


Vigee Lebrun, Marie Antoinette , 1783
Marie Antoinette, 1783


Her whole work can be seen in this magnificent website.

Vigee Lebrun memoirs can be read here.




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