1785 Victoire Pauline de Riquet de Caraman, wife of Jean Louis, Vicomte de Vaudreuil by Élisabeth Louise Vigée-Lebrun (J. Paul Getty Museum - Los Angeles California)

Upgrade image from the lost gallery's photostream on flickr posted 30 August 2013.

The Getty Museum has this note for the portrait, "The sitter, Victoire-Pauline de Riquet de Carama, was an aristocrat and her status improved when she married Jean-Louis, Vicomte de Vaudreuil in 1781. The artist Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun emphasized the Vicomtesse's status and refinement by carefully describing her fashionable straw hat, silk dress, and gauze scarf, collar, and cuffs. Displaying her learning, the Vicomtesse places her right thumb in her book to mark her place, as if she has been interrupted while reading. Vigée Le Brun adopted this obvious gesture, often used in men's portraits, to illustrate women's importance in French Enlightenment circles."

Vigée-Lebrun portrays Vicomtesse Victoire wearing a gorgeous pre-revolutionary dress, possibly a sheath, and a wide hat. Ribbed fabric (organza?) engageantes and neckline adornments are common at this time.

Keywords:  1785, Vigée-Lebrun, Viscountess, French, long bouffant coiffure, hat, strap, bows, high neckline, neck ruff, collar, elbow length tight sleeves, engageantes, full skirt


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