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The Marquise de Pezay, and the Marquise de Rougé with Her Sons Alexis and Adrien  1787

by Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun

Madame Vigée Le Brun was part of the world she painted and, like her aristocratic patrons, was under threat of the guillotine after the revolution. She was forced to flee Paris in disguise in 1789. She had been first painter to Queen Marie–Antoinette and her personal confidant. The queen had intervened to ensure her election to the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, ...
123.4 x 155.9 cm (48 9/16 x 61 3/8 in.)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington