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Peace Bringing Back Abundance

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun French

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Wishing to gain admission to the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture in 1783 as a history painter, Vigée Le Brun presented this allegory as her reception piece. At the time, historical, mythological, religious, and allegorical subjects were considered superior to all others (portraiture, genre, landscape, and still life). With the American Revolution just ended, the artist’s choice was timely. The future is symbolized by Peace, on the right, who is ushering in Abundance with her cornucopia of fruit.

Peace Bringing Back Abundance, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, Paris 1755–1842 Paris), Oil on canvas

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