Julie Le Brun as Flora

2 May 2020

Today’s painting by Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun is this lovely portrait of her daughter Julie (1780-1819) as the goddess Flora, which was painted in 1799 just before the nineteen year old Julie married Gaëtan Bernard Nigris, the French born secretary to the assistant director of the imperial theatres in St Petersburg – a match that her mother did not approve of and which quickly ended in separation. Sadly, Le Brun and her daughter, whose portraits are amongst the most delightful and touching of her works, would eventually become completely estranged.

This painting can be found in the Museum of Fine Arts, St Petersburg, Florida.

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