Sunday, October 20, 2013
Portrait of the Marchesa Cunegondu Misciattelli with her infant son and his nurse, 1930
Oil on Canvas, by Horace Vernet, b. Paris, 1789 - d. Paris, 1863
Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1961.013.027
(From the info card
Detail of Le Brun's painting
"The daughter and pupil of a minor Parisian painter and wife of an art dealer, Vigée-Lebrun specialized in the portrayal of women and childrens. Her images are renowned for being attractive and charming. The untranslatable word doux (sweet, cute, gentle) occurs often in her autobiography, Souvenirs de Ma Vie, as she was charmed by one or another sitter throughout her career. That affection comes through in her portraits of aristocratic women (less frequently men) and the resulting images reflect her views on the sweetness and simplicity of life." (More info here)
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