Exhibitions/ Art Object

Tatyana Borisovna Potemkina

Artist:
Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, Paris 1755–1842 Paris)
Date:
1820
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
41 3/4 × 31 7/8 in. (106 × 81 cm) Frame: 49 5/8 × 39 3/8 in. (126 × 100 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Private collection
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 199
Suffering from lung disease, Madame Potemkina (1797–1869), accompanied by her husband, left Russia to seek medical treatment abroad. They visited England, Switzerland, and Italy, and in Paris she posed for Vigée Le Brun. The painter suggests the sitter’s reserve and withdrawal, qualities reinforced by the atmospheric background.
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): … Brun / 1820
Paris. Grand Palais, Galeries nationales. "Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun," September 23, 2015–January 11, 2016.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France," February 15–May 15, 2016.

Ottawa. National Gallery of Canada. "Vigée Le Brun (1755–1842): The Portraitist to Marie Antoinette," June 10–September 11, 2016.