The Exceptional Woman: Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun and the Cultural Politics of Art (New edition)

The Exceptional Woman: Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun and the Cultural Politics of Art (New edition)

By: Mary D. Sheriff (author)Paperback

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Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun (1755-1842) was an enormously successful painter, a favourite portraitist of Marie-Antoinette, and one of the few women accepted into the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture. In accounts of her role as an artist, she was simultaneously flattered as a charming woman and vilified as monstrously unfeminine. In this study Mary D. Sheriff uses Vigee-Lebrun's career to explore the contradictory position of "woman-artist" in the moral, philosophical, professional, and medical debates about women in 18th-century France. Paying particular attention to painted and textual self-portraits, Sheriff shows how Vigee-Lebrun's images and memoirs undermined the assumptions about "woman" and the strictures imposed on women. Engaging ancien-regime philosophy, as well as modern feminism, psychoanalysis, literary theory, and art criticism, Sheriff's interpretations of Vigee-Lebrun's paintings challenge us to rethink the work and the world of this controversial woman artist.

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  • ISBN13: 9780226752822
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 368
  • ID: 9780226752822
  • weight: 640
  • ISBN10: 0226752828
  • edition: New edition

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