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Countess Anna Ivanovna Tolstaya

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun French

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By ordering this portrait from Vigée Le Brun, Countess Tolstaya (1774–1825) perpetuated a family preference for women painters, her mother having patronized Angelica Kauffmann. The imaginary natural setting provides a seat and something to lean on—comforts the artist strove to provide her sitters. The chemise dress is reminiscent of the attire Marie Antoinette favored in the 1780s.

Countess Anna Ivanovna Tolstaya, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, Paris 1755–1842 Paris), Oil on canvas

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