Portrait of a Lady said Portrait of Jeanne de Valois, Comtesse de la Motte (c.1780). Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, 1755-1842). Oil on canvas.
A certain tendency would have one see in our model, with a somewhat enigmatic smile, the features of the instigator of the Queen’s necklace affair, Jeanne de Valois, Countess de la Motte. It was in 1780 that she had sought the title of Countess and tried to integrate into certain cenacles, a date that might suit the portrait.