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Marquise de Puységur

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun French

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Using red and golden browns in a painting both pastoral and Neoclassical in inspiration, Vigée Le Brun presents the marquise (1766–1837) as a milkmaid. She wears a straw hat and a tightly cinched bodice over a chemise, with a wide skirt. She leans on an earthenware amphora beside a wellhead. Her powdered hair confers maturity beyond her twenty years.

Marquise de Puységur, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, Paris 1755–1842 Paris), Oil on wood

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