Exhibitions/ Art Object

Marie Antoinette in a Chemise Dress

Artist:
Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, Paris 1755–1842 Paris)
Date:
1783
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
35 3/8 × 28 3/8 in. (89.8 × 72 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Hessische Hausstiftung, Kronberg
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 199
With the support of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, Vigée Le Brun became one of fourteen women (among 550 artists) admitted to the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture before the Revolution. At her first Salon, she displayed a number of portraits, including one of the queen in a white muslin dress and straw hat. The characterization of the monarch was admired. However, the pastoral costume was condemned as inappropriate for the public portrayal of royalty and the artist was asked to remove it from the exhibition.
Paris. Grand Palais, Galeries nationales. "Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun," September 23, 2015–January 11, 2016.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France," February 15–May 15, 2016.