Inspired by Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun’s “Madame Mole-Raymond” (1786)

Madame Mole-Raymond (1786) by Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun.  We found this image here.

Vigée Le Brun had quite the life. According to Whitney Chadwick, author of Women, Art, and Society, she was, “[…] industrious, beautiful, and socially in demand […] the Queen’s [Marie Antoinette] favourite painter.”  Vigée Le Brun often had to deal with catty and sexist gossip; folks of all genders during her life accused her of everything including sleeping with her painting subjects, being a bad mother, being jealous of her contemporary painters, and acting inappropriately for a woman. She ignored such petty rumours, and even wrote in her memoirs later on that, “[…] the day she went into labor with her daughter, she took pride in not allowing incipient motherhood to interrupt her at her professional activity and continued to paint between labor pains,” (Chadwick 171). Badass.

inspired by elisabeth-louise vigee lebrun
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One thought on “Inspired by Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun’s “Madame Mole-Raymond” (1786)

  1. I would venture to guess that Madame Mole-Raymond, in-between labor pains, must have been downing some opium whilst painting!

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