Life can be quite crazy as an artist, which is why Lady Artist Vigee Le Brun has such great tales to tell! The Memoirs Of Madame Vigee Lebrun is a must have for your bookshelf, a great bedtime read. She jumps right into things, through letters to a friend.
I find that through her writing she is rather easy to connect to, the memoirs begin with her childhood. This is only a brief way of introduction, it explains how she became so fascinated with art, and it moves right along through her excellent opportunities in the art world. Before you know it you are making trips to the court of Versailles!
She had many encounters with our favorite nobles, and amusing stories to tell! She had to deal with a pain in the butt husband, and mingle with fellow artists. She became great friends with Marie Antoinette and had the low down on her circle. There is an interesting chapter on Catherine II (Vigee did some travel!) Did I mention she LOVED Amsterdam? When she discusses Holland I am itching to book plane tickets! Here is an excerpt from her memoirs:
"About this time I also painted the Princess de Lamballe. Without being actually pretty, she appeared so at a little distance; she had small features, complexion of dazzling freshness, superb blond locks and was generally elegant in person. The unhappy end of this unfortunate Princess is sufficiently well known and so is the devotion to which she fell a victim. For in 1793, when she was at Turin entirely out of harm's way, she returned to France upon learning that the Queen was in danger..."
I got this title from Amazon.com
Madame du Barry, 8th December 1793
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