Elizabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun
French Neoclassical Portrait Painter
Education - learned to the basics of painting in her fathers (Louis Vigée) studio, he chocked to death on a fish bone when she just 13. She is primary self-taught.
Cause of Death - Old Age, she was 87
Marie Louise Elizabeth Vigee le Brun Quotations
Description and Origins
of the Neoclassic Art
The period is called neoclassical because its artists looked back to the art and culture of classical Greece and Rome. The spread of Neoclassical Art was primarily inspired by recent roman archeological excavations, including Pompeii and by gay art historian Johann Joachim Winckelmann. In his scholarly writings, Winckelmann, gushed over the homoeroticism of Greco-Roman art, writing explicit descriptions of erotic nude male sculptures from Classical Antiquity thereby encouraging an interest in Greek antiquities. Neoclassical art is characterized by its classical form and structure, clarity, and to an degree, realism.
French Neoclassism painters emphasis's patriotism, as well as a sense of civility and honorableness. The movement was particularly connected with the beliefs of the French Revolution and was seen as anti-aristocratic. The fantasy-based aristocratic art of the Rococo seemed an insult upon the rights of men and was vilified by critics and the general public. In an age of sweeping revolution and transformation Neoclassicism became the art of change.
French painter Jacques-Louis David was infatuated with the former grandeur of Rome and even painted the tiny, pudgy Napoleon as a magnificent warrior astride a white stallion. Mythology, folklore, legends, and the calm grandeur of a bygone era were all favored themes for Neoclassical painters.Famous Artists of the Neoclassical Movement
James Barry Irish, 1741-1806
Require more information about Elizabeth Louise
Vigee Le Brun
Do you know something we don't? If you have comment or would like to share an insight regarding Elizabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun in Art History, please submit your comment to the editor, via e-mail and if possible site the source. Thank you!