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Julie Le Brun as Flora

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun French

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The successive portraits of Vigée Le Brun’s daughter Julie (1780–1819) are milestones in the history of a passionate, conflicted mother-daughter relationship. In the present work, Julie is depicted as Flora, the goddess of flowers who gives birth to spring. She is exposed to the whims of Zephyr, the wind god who wed Flora and swept her away. As if fulfilling a prophecy, Julie soon married against her mother’s wishes and the two parted.

Julie Le Brun as Flora, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, Paris 1755–1842 Paris), Oil on canvas

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