Tag: 18th century

Self-Portrait in a Straw Hat, 1782

Louise Élisabeth Vigée le Brun (1755-1842) has been recognized as the most important female painter of the 18th century. While her style has been considered Rococo with an interest in neoclassical painting (art inspired by classical Greek or Roman artwork). Being the daughter of a portraitist painter it is no shock that she would pursue a similar trade. By the time she was in her teens she was painting portraits professionally only to have her studio seized for practicing without a license. She then applied to Académie de Saint Luc where not only was her work exhibited but she became a member of the Académie.