Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun

1755 - 1842

Vigée Le Brun, Elizabeth Louise

Detail from Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, Self Portrait in a Straw Hat, after 1782

Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, the daughter of a minor painter, Louis Vigée, was born and brought up in Paris. She became a member of the Académie de St-Luc in 1774 and of the French Academy in 1783. She was a highly fashionable portrait painter, patronised particularly by Queen Marie Antoinette. Between 1789 and 1805 she travelled in Europe and visited Russia.