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Etienne Vigée

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun French

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Painted by Mademoiselle Vigée at eighteen, this portrait of her brother Etienne (1758–1820) gives evidence of her exceptional talent. He is presented as a draftsman holding an artist’s portfolio and porte-crayon. Etienne later developed a reputation as a witty poet and playwright, but he fell from grace with his sister when he opportunistically switched sides during the French Revolution.

Etienne Vigée, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, Paris 1755–1842 Paris), Oil on canvas

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