Arts Everyday Living: A Family Affair in Art—Through a Mother’s Eyes

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There were some signs in her of a talent for painting, but her favorite pastime was to compose novels. Returning from evening parties to which i had gone, I would find her with a pen in hand and another in her cap; I would then oblige her to go to bed, but not infrequently did she secretly get up in the middle of the night to finish one of her chapters, and I remember very well, how, at the age of 9, at Vienna, she wrote a little romance as remarkable for its situations as for its style.

Elisabeth Vigee-Le Brun, Memoirs


For my Art Circle class.  Here is 18th century portraitist Elisabeth Vigee-Le Brun’s unique portrayal of her precocious 7 year old daughter Julie below (who by 9, at least according to her proud mother’s account above, would be also pursing the arts).

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Elisabeth Vigee-Le Brun, Julie with a Mirror, 1787, oil on canvas, Private Collection

Elisabeth Vigee-LeBrun (1755-1842).


Originally published on May 17, 2015.

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