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Madame Vigée Le Brun

Augustin Pajou French

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The distinguished sculptor Pajou sent this bust of Madame Vigée Le Brun to the Salon of 1783, the year she exhibited there for the first time. Beautiful and talented, the painter was approaching the high point of her career. Pajou’s drapery—a mass of folds marked by puckers and hollows that contrast with smoother shapes—enlivens the surface of the terracotta and sets off the painter’s face.

Madame Vigée Le Brun, Augustin Pajou (French, Paris 1730–1809 Paris), Terracotta

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