With the exception of the Count d'Artois, whose portrait I never did, I successively painted the whole royal family—the royal children; Monsieur, the King’s brother, afterward Louis XVIII.; Madame Royale; the Countess d'Artois; Madame Elisabeth. The features of this last-named Princess were not regular, but her face expressed gentle affability, and the freshness of her complexion was remarkable; altogether, she had the charm of a pretty shepherdess. She was an angel of goodness. Many a time have I been a witness to her deeds of charity on behalf of the poor. All the virtues were in her heart: she was indulgent, modest, compassionate, devoted. In the Revolution she displayed heroic courage; she was seen going forward to meet the cannibals who had come to murder the Queen, saying, “They will mistake me for her!”

Memoirs of Madame Vigée Lebrun

Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842)
“The Daughter’s Portrait”
Located in the Galleria Nazionale, Parma, Italy This is a portrait of Le Brun’s daughter, Jeanne Julie Louise, whom she called “Julie.”

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun
Stuff You Missed in History Class
Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun

No starving artist, Vigée Le Brun was the first woman to ever become a court painter in France when she was commissioned to paint Marie Antoinette. She painted royalty and nobility throughout Europe, even as her personal life had its ups and downs.

One of Vigée Le Brun’s self-portraits

Another self-portrait

Mme. du Barry

Marie Antoinette