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Madame Perregaux
  • Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755 - 1842)
  • Madame Perregaux
  • France
  • 1789
  • Painting
  • Oil on oak panel
  • Image size: 99.6 x 78.5 cm
  • Signature: 'Louise. Vigee. Le Brun. f. 1789'
  • P457
  • Study
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Adélaïde de Praël (1758-94) married the banker Jean-François Perregaux in 1779. Madame Perregaux’s husband was both a notable art collector and banker to the Le Bruns, later numbering the 3rd Marquess of Hertford among his clients. Madame Perregaux’s portrait, painted on the eve of the French Revolution, is typical of the glamorous, flattering portrayals of female sitters on which Vigée Le Brun’s fame chiefly rests. The artist seems to have been particularly pleased with the work as she wrote to the sitter claiming that ‘the portrait of Madame Perregaux is the most charming of all because of its likeness’.