and the Cultural Politics of Art (Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1996) 116.
ONE of the Barber Institute's best-loved paintings, Portrait of the Countess Golovine by Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun
, is to be brought to life tomorrow, and on May 1, in a performance by two of the Birmingham gallery's actors.
The set includes self-portraits by Chuck Close, Grant Wood, Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun
, Jacob Lawrence and Vincent van Gogh.
(1755-1842) painted twenty self-portraits, all charming.
Not the queen herself, of course, but an elusive photograph of a little-known portrait by her friend and favorite artist Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun
Along with a portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence (who himself enjoys a goodish European reputation as 18th century British artists go) it has spots knocked off it by more compelling works by Bernardo Strozzi and Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun
Auricchio departs from previous studies that compare Labille-Guiard (1749-1803) with her contemporaries Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun
(1755-1842), Anne Vallayer-Coster (1744-1818), and Angelica Kauffmann (1741-1807).
There is a Luca Signorelli, a Frans Hals and an Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun
, each the centrepiece of a tableau which together draw on such items as easels, eggs, apples and a clarinet.
Her portraiture was greatly admired in her time, but she was always in the shadow of the more glamorous artist, Elisabeth Vigee-LeBrun
, who painted feminine subjects in a soft delicate style.
Prior to scrutinizing Kauffman's portraits, Rosenthal describes the way that other eighteenth-century artists, such as Elisabeth Vigee-LeBrun
(1755-1842), circumvented the psychic tension of the portrait studio.