SIA Inspiration: Vigée Le BrunPosted: November 10, 2014
As promised, here is a SIA inspiration painting by a female artist, and featuring a female subject as well – “Lady Folding a Letter”, or “Comtesse de Cérès”, by Louise Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun:
Vigée Le Brun was the official court painter for Marie Antoinette, and after the Revolution, she continued to have a successful career in other European courts – not bad for a woman in 18th century. I was going to pick her famous self-portrait (which apparently caused a minor scandal because she showed her teeth in it. Her teeth! The conventions for classical art were so weird), but the color scheme is kind of similar to Portrait of Louise Trudaine by Jacques-Louis David, yet another Rococo artist I’ve featured before on SIA, so I went with this one instead. It never ceases to amaze me, the amount of details these artists were able to put into their portraits – check out the delicate lace on her shawl, the highlight in the fabric of her dress, the texture of her curls… It boggles the mind.
So let’s see if we can get some of those details into our modern outfits, and send me your photos and/or posts by next Monday, November 17th. Have fun!