A largely self-taught teen-ager with exceptional skills, Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (1755-1842) became one of the finest 18th Century portraitists, achieving success during one of the most turbulent periods in European history. At the age of twelve, Élisabeth lost her father, the pastellist Louis Vigée, but soon earned enough money to support her widowed mother and her younger brother. In 1776, the accomplished young woman married Jean-Baptiste Lebrun, a leading Parisian art dealer and later was made official court painter to Queen Marie-Antoinette. From then on, her remarkable technical gifts sent her on a career made of a succession of international triumphs. As a protégée of Versailles, Vigée-Lebrun had to flee France in 1789. She died in Louveciennes, near Versailles, having outlived all her closest relatives. Her modest tombstone reads: Ici, enfin, je repose.
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