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Madame Jacques François Le Sèvre, the Artist’s Mother

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun French

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The sitter (1728–1800) had married Louis Vigée (1715–1767), a portraitist and official at the Académie de Saint-Luc, and then, after his death, Jacques Le Sèvre, a goldsmith. Madame Le Sèvre encouraged her adolescent daughter’s professional aspirations by chaperoning her sittings and taking her to see works of art. Vigée’s mother wears a satin cloak trimmed with swans’ down and bows of a color the artist particularly favored.

Madame Jacques François Le Sèvre, the Artist’s Mother, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, Paris 1755–1842 Paris), Oil on canvas

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