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!
|Princess Lamballe by Vigee Le Brun|
Vigée-Lebrun, Louise-Elisabeth. 1989. The memoirs of Elisabeth Vigée-Le Brun. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. ISBN 9780253361233
"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..."