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Festival of the Shepherds at Unspunnen, August 17, 1808

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun French

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On a second trip to Switzerland, Vigée Le Brun painted a bird’s-eye view of a mountain meadow near Interlaken’s Unspunnen Castle, where a festival was held to celebrate traditional Swiss games and customs. In the foreground, Madame de Staël walks with the duc de Montmorency. To the right, alpenhorns (typically more than ten feet long) are brandished like bugles, while on the left, musicians and dancers perform. The artist, draped in red, sketches in the foreground.

Festival of the Shepherds at Unspunnen, August 17, 1808, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, Paris 1755–1842 Paris), Oil on canvas

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