Famous Painters: Elisabeth Vigee-Le Brun

Self-Portrait, 1790.  Oil on canvas, approximately 39" by 32". Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Marie-Louise-Elisabeth Vigee-Le Brun (1755-1842) was born of humble parentage to Jeanne Massin and the portraitist Louis Vigee.  Like Angelica Kauffmann, Vigee-Le Brun was a precocious artist whose [...]

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Famous Paintings: Oedipus and the Sphinx

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, the star pupil of Neoclassical painter Jacques-Louis David, was the last avid proponent of the French Classical style championed initially by Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665). Fascinated by Italian Renaissance paintings, especially those by Raphael, Ingres' early history paintings received mixed reviews even [...]

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Famous Painters: Angelica Kauffmann

Swiss-born Angelica Kauffmann (1741-1807) was known as a child prodigy who, before the age of 15, was accepting commissions in portraiture and was assisting her father with church murals.  In addition to speaking four foreign languages fluently, Angelica Kauffmann was renowned as a singer [...]

By |2018-03-23T23:18:23-04:00March 6th, 2012|Neoclassical paintings|0 Comments

Famous Paintings by Jacques-Louis David

Famous paintings by Jacques Louis David (1748 - 1825) epitomize the loftiest aspirations of famous artwork... and their least savory uses as political propaganda.  Nowhere is this better demonstrated than in three art paintings by Jacques Louis David: Death of Socrates, Death of Marat, [...]

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