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The Artist's Brother

The Artist's Brother

The Artist's Brother

The Artist's Brother

Date: 1773

Artist: Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, French, 1755–1842

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
24 1/4 x 19 7/8 in. (61.6 x 50.5 cm)
framed: 34 x 29 1/4 x 4 3/8 in. (86.4 x 74.3 x 11.1 cm)
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object Number: 3:1940
Place made:France
Classification: PAINTINGS
Current Location: Not on view
Terms
Notes:By posing the boy looking over his shoulder and by angling his hat over his forehead, Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun achives a lovely image of youthful bravado. The portrait -very likely the artist's brother Etienne at the age of fifteen-is probably the one the artist described in her memoirs as "my brother in schoolboy's dress." She alludes to his interest in letters (he later became a celebrated writer) by including a sheaf of papers and a pen. The artist created this portrait when she was only eighteen.
ProvenanceÉlisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842), Paris, France

Private Collection, Chateau d'Aignes-Vives, Cher-et-Loire, France, given by the artist [1]

by 1939 - 1940
Wildenstein & Co., Paris, France; New York, NY, USA

1940 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Wildenstein & Co. [2]


Notes:
[1] A letter from the Museum to Wildenstein & Co. dated October 16, 1939, requests that the painting be sent to the Museum so it may be considered for acquisition [SLAM document files]. According to the invoice from Wildenstein & Co. dated January 6, 1940, the painting was given by Vigée Le Brun to the owners of Chateau d'Aignes-Vives in the Cher-et-Loire region of France [SLAM document files].

[2] Per invoice (see note [1]). Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, January 4, 1940.
Exhibition History
Title: Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, 1755-1842
Date: June 5 – August 8, 1982
Venue: Kimbell Art Museum

Title: America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting
Date: May 21 - August 20, 2017
Venue: NATIONALGALLERYOFART

Title: Fifty Masterworks from the City Art Museum of St. Louis
Date: November 6 - December 13, 1958
Venue: Wildenstein & Co.

Publication History
Title: Handbook of the Collections: The City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Year Published: 1953

Title: Madame Vigée Le Brun: A Survivor of the Ancien Régime
Periodical Title: Apollo
Edition: July
Year Published: 1982

Title: Souvenirs de Madame Vigée Le Brun
Year Published: 1869

Title: Integrating Spirit and Psyche: Using Women's Narratives in Psychotherapy
Year Published: 2003

Title: Les dames de Beauchêne
Year Published: 2005

Title: The Arts of France from François Ier to Napoléon Ier
Year Published: 2005

Title: Fifty Masterworks from the City Art Museum of St. Louis
Year Published: 1958

Title: Early Portrait by Vigée-LeBrun
Periodical Title: Bulletin of the City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Edition: July
Year Published: 1941

Title: Quelques Peintures Réattribuées à Vigée Le Brun
Periodical Title: Gazette des Beaux-Arts
Year Published: 1982

Title: French Paintings of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Periodical Title: The Saint Louis Art Museum Bulletin
Edition: Summer
Year Published: 1981

Title: The John Trumbulls and Madame Vigée-Le Brun
Periodical Title: The Art Quarterly
Edition: Summer
Year Published: 1952

Title: Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun: Mémoires d'une portraitiste 1755-1842
Year Published: 1989

Title: Madame Vigée Le Brun
Year Published: 2001

Title: Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, 1755-1842
Year Published: 1982

Title: Handbook of the Collections: The City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Year Published: 1944

Title: Madame Vigée-LeBrun: Peintre des grandes dames du XVIIIe siècle
Year Published: 1919

Title: Vigée-Lebrun, 1755-1842: Her life, works and friendships
Year Published: 1915