Marie Antoinette en bleu

2 May 2020

Today’s painting by Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun is one of my all time favourite portraits of Marie Antoinette (1755-1793), which the artist painted for herself in 1788 and which was clearly based on the sittings for the officially commissioned painting of the Queen with her three children, which Vigée Le Brun painted in 1787. When she was living in St Petersburg, Vigée Le Brun sent for the painting and displayed it in her studio, where it was visited by several emigrés, including the Prince de Condé, who ‘uttered not a word, but burst into tears’ at the sight of it.

This glorious portrait remained in Vigée Le Brun’s possession until 1818 when it was acquired by Marie Antoinette’s brother-in-law Louis XVIII for Saint Cloud, after which it was moved to her former bedchamber in Versailles.

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