Madame Élisabeth de France (1764–1794)

Adélaïde Labille-Guiard French

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With limited training as a miniaturist, Adélaïde Labille embarked upon a professional career before she was twenty. Early in the 1770s she learned pastel technique from Maurice Quentin de La Tour and studied oil painting with François André Vincent (1746–1816). Having been admitted to full membership in the Académie Royale in 1783, she taught and promoted female artists. She was skilled at capturing the moods of her sitters, bringing their mobile expressions closely into view. In this study for a more formal portrait, she portrays the younger sister of Louis XVI, who eventually followed him to the guillotine. The simple costume of Madame Élisabeth (1764–1794) accords with her gentle manner.

Madame Élisabeth de France (1764–1794), Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (French, Paris 1749–1803 Paris), Pastel on blue paper, seven sheets joined, laid down on canvas

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