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Countess Varvara Nikolayevna Golovina

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun French

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Vigée Le Brun observed that Countess Golovina (1766–1821) “was always on the lookout for the literary news from Europe, which, I believe, was known at her house as soon as it was in Paris.” The sitter is cloaked in a large red stole, as if protecting herself from the rigors of the Russian winter. Perhaps the most original work of the artist’s Russian period, the portrait recalls La Frileuse (Winter) by Jean Antoine Houdon, a bronze version of which is reproduced here.

#420. Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France: Countess Varvara Nikolayevna Golovina

Countess Varvara Nikolayevna Golovina, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, Paris 1755–1842 Paris), Oil on canvas

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