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This painting , part of the permanent collection at the Kimball, has always been a favorite of mine....and with the invention of the Internet....I love that we can find out more about an artist.
This is actually a self portrait of Elisabeth Louise Vigee Le-Braun painted when she of twenty seven years old.
Elisabeth is recognized as the most famous female artist of the 18th century.
Born in France in 1755 she was a portrait painter. Most famous for the thirty portraits she did of Marie Antoinette. She fled France during the French Revolution and continued to paint royalty all over Europe. While in exile for twelve years she live in Austria, Italy and Russia.
She did return to France and continued painting until her death at age eighty seven.
* photographs of most of the permanent collection are allowed without a flash.