Thursday, March 8, 2012

International Women's Day

In honor of this day celebrating a fraction over 50% of the human race, I give you madam Elisabeth Louise Vigee LeBrun, painter.

And thus a female artistic pioneer.

This self-portrait caught my eye once at the Kimbell Art Museum.  "Self portrait?"  I hadn't known there were women painters in 18th century France.  I did some research.  A protege of Marie Antoinette?  I found her memoirs...  Fascinating woman!  

For more on Vigee LeBrun, read this extensive site on her and her work HERE.  Earlier posts on the Kimbell Museum's on-going architectural addition HERE and on strip-mining classics like this portrait HERE.

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