Paris 1755 - 1842 Paris
Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, one of the most respected portraitists of her time, captured the elegance and lifestyle of the late 18th century. At first she was a student of her father Louis Vigée, before continuing her autodidactic training, above all, by copying works by Rubens, Van Dyck and Greuze. As Marie Antoinette’s favourite painter, she painted more than twenty portraits of the French Queen and her children. Her salon in Paris was a meeting point and her portraits a mirror of the French aristocracy.
As revolution broke out in France in 1789, Elisabeth Vigée Lebrun emigrated first to Italy. She spent the years 1793 to 1794 in Vienna, before moving to Berlin and St. Petersburg. In 1802 she returned to France. Her memoirs are an intimate source of information on the life of an artist at the French court of the 18th century.