Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Kansas City, MO
Recently, I had a fun trip to the The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. It was a great way to spend a winter's afternoon! For encouragement and inspiration I visited this beautiful painting by Elisabeth Vigee LeBrun! LeBrun was a Royal Portrait Painter, traveling Europe, and painting nobility. She was at the TOP of her profession; certainly no starving artist!
Artist, Vigée Le Brun persuaded (the sitter) Marie to forgo powdering her hair for this painting, wishing to show her ebony black locks. This was a radical departure from the powdered hair usually worn by women of court and the privileged classes.