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The Comtesse Du Barry in a Straw Hat

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun French

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The countess (1743–1793), the deposed mistress of Louis XV, emerged from the lowest ranks of society to pass through Versailles on her way to the guillotine. Vigée Le Brun pays homage to her grace and charm. The artist recalled that “she had the gaze of a coquette, her elongated eyes never opening completely.” Her hat and muslin dress would soon become the height of fashion.

The Comtesse Du Barry in a Straw Hat, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, Paris 1755–1842 Paris), Oil on canvas, laid down on Isorel

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