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Marie Antoinette with a Rose

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun French

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A month after Vigée Le Brun was obliged to remove her picture of Marie Antoinette in a chemise dress from the Salon, she installed this new, larger, and more formal portrait of the queen. In an astonishing transformation, she presents the sitter in the same pose and with the same expression while attiring her in the epitome of decorum and taste. The queen wears an elegant lace-trimmed dress.

At the center of the nosegay in both paintings is a pink cabbage rose, her signature flower, at the peak of its bloom.

Marie Antoinette with a Rose, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, Paris 1755–1842 Paris), Oil on canvas

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