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After Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842)
Portrait of the Baroness of Crussol
Oil on canvas
Around 1880
With frame: H.150.5 – W.115.5 – D.7.5 cm
On sight: H.121.3 – W.86 cm
The original was painted by Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun in 1785 and the work is kept at the Musée des Augustins in Toulouse under the inventory number RO307.
The Baroness  Henri Charles Emmanuel de Crussol Florensac, born Bonne Marie Joséphine Gabrielle Bernard de Boulainvilliers, is   here portrayed half-length, from behind, her face turned towards the spectator, and she is holding a score in which, with great attention to detail, Elizabeth-Louise Vigée-Lebrun has reproduced the text and notes of an opera by Gluck: Echo and Narcissus, performed in Paris in 1797. There are many references to the queen in this painting: the "Marie-Antoinette" fichu, which lights up the face of the baroness, and the fact that Glück was the favorite musician of the Queen, are just a few examples. The craftsmanship of the garment, in red silk lined with black fur, the lace of the sleeve and the white headscarf, testifies to a perfect mastery of the play of light and shadow, which brings out all the richness of the toilet.


Good condition

D’après E. L. Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842), portrait de La baronne de Crussol, XIXe

SKU: D120917

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