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Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Le Brun (Paris 1755-1842)
Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Le Brun (Paris 1755-1842)

Portrait of Anne Charlotte of Lorraine, Mademoiselle de Brionne (1755– 1786), as Diana, bust-length

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Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Le Brun (Paris 1755-1842)
Portrait of Anne Charlotte of Lorraine, Mademoiselle de Brionne (1755– 1786), as Diana, bust-length
with an identifying inscription to the reverse
oil on canvas, oval, unlined
13 ¾ x 10 ½ in. (34 x 26.5 cm.)
Provenance
with Wildenstein, New York.

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An early work by Vigée Le Brun, this portrait of the young Anne Charlotte de Lorraine Elbeuf, called ‘Mademoiselle de Brionne’ (1755-1786), can be dated to around 1775. At the time the artist was frequenting the salon of the sitter's mother, the Comtesse de Brionne, and her grandmother, the Princesse de Rohan Rochefort.
In 1775, Vigée Le Brun painted a small oval portrait on copper of the sitter’s distant cousin, Charles Louis Gaspard de Rohan, the Prince de Rohan Rochefort (1765-1843). In 1785 she also painted a portrait of Mademoiselle de Brionne's older sister, the Princess of Savoy Carignano, née Marie Joséphine Thérèse de Lorraine (1753-1797) who is also depicted in mythological costume, in the guise of Juno with her peacock.
We are grateful to Joseph Baillio for confirming the attribution and for his help with the cataloguing of this lot. This work will be included in his forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work.

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