1793 Countess Bucquoi by Marie Louise Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun (Minneapolis Institute of Arts , Minnesota, Minneapolis USA)

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has this note about the portrait, "Vigee-Le Brun was a profoundly gifted painter. At the age of 24, she executed her first portrait of Queen Marie-Antoinette, and over the course of her career, remained the principal portraitist of the French aristocracy. On the night that revolutionaries arrested Louis XVI and his queen in 1789, Vigee -Le Brun went into exile for 12 years. This portrait of Countess Bucquoi was commissioned during a visit to Vienna in 1793. It ranks as one of the few and most successful examples of the artist's use of romantic landscape as a background."

Vigee -Lebrun was in exile when she portrayed the Countess Bucquoi in a plain but luxurious satin dress over a chemise.

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