Madame d'Aguesseau de Fresnes by Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun
Madame d’Aguesseau de Fresnes by Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun

Madame d’Aguesseau de Fresnes

Madame d’Aguesseau de Fresnes c1789 by French Painter Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842); known for her work in the Rococo and Neoclassical styles, and best known for her fashionable portraits.

This is a Rococo style portrait of Henriette Anne Louise d’Aguesseau (1737 – 1794) Duchess of Noailles; a Salon hostess and the heiress of her grandfather, Henri François d’Aguesseau (1717 – 1750), and wife of Jean Louis François de Noailles (1739 – 1824), Count and Duke of Ayen.

She is wearing a period costume composed of a white dress with golden circles throughout with a matching large white hat with golden ribbons. She is also wearing a maroon velvet vest and a red belt with a cameo buckle.

She is sitting on a large emerald green couch that has large floral patters and is resting her right arm on a very large matching pillow with a gold embroidery around its perimeter and a gold and green tassel.

Madame d’Aguesseau de Fresnes is a retouched digital art reproduction of a public domain image.

Info Below Derived From Wikipedia.org

Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun who was also known as Madame Le Brun was born in Paris France on April 16, 1755 to French Portraitist and Fan Painter Louis Vigée (1715 – 1767) and hairdresser Jeanne (née Maissin) (1728 – 1800).

She also had a younger brother Louis-Jean-Baptiste-Étienne Vigée (1758 – 1820) who was a noted French playwright and a man of letters.

At around the age of 13 Élisabeth was engaging with the noted painters of her time, which included French Painters Gabriel François Doyen (1726 – 1806), Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725 – 1805), and Joseph Vernet (1714 – 1789); gaining much from the advice they gave her as to her painting, and in her early teens began painting portraits professionally.

Then the studio she had established was seized fro practicing without a license, so she then applied to the Académie de Saint-Luc; which unwittingly exhibited her artwork in their salon, and in 1774 she was made a member of the Académie.

In 1776 she married Jean-Baptiste-Pierre Le Brun, a painter and art dealer, and began showing her artwork at their home in Paris, the Hôtel de Lubert, and the Salons.

As Elisabeth career blossomed she was granted patronage by Queen Marie Antoinette (1755 – 1793); for whom she painted over 30 portraits of the queen and her family, which led to the misconception that she was the official portraitist of Marie Antoinette.

On May 31, 1783, Elisabeth was made a member of the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture; and was one of only 15 women to be granted full membership in the Académie between 1648 and 1793, along with her rival, Adélaïde Labille-Guiard.

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