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Artist: Vigee-Lebrun, Marie-Louise-Elisabeth 1 of 1

Portrait of Theresa, Countess Kinsky, 1793

Marie-Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun

French, 1755-1842
Oil on canvas
54-1/8 x 39-3/8 in. (137.5 x 100.0 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
M.1969.03.P
© 2012 Norton Simon Art Foundation

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As a devoted Monarchist and friend of the Queen, Marie-Antoinette, Vigée-Lebrun chose exile during the French Revolution. While in Vienna in 1793, she produced this image of Theresa, Countess Kinsky. The Countess was the unfortunate victim of an arranged marriage. Her husband, a man whom she had never met, abandoned her at the church immediately after their wedding, and returned to his mistress. Clearly, Vigée-Lebrun was captivated by the beauty and amiable character of Countess Kinsky, as well as by her sad history.

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Artist: Vigee-Lebrun, Marie-Louise-Elisabeth 1 of 1