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Count Axel Von Fersen the Younger

Count Axel Von Fersen the Younger

Though never proven through fact, many letters from persons at court and historian opinions assert that the Count was one of Marie Antoinette's great loves.

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Duchess of Polignac (1782) by Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun

Duchess of Polignac (1782) by Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun

Yolande Martine Gabrielle de Polastron, Duchess of Polignac

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Gabrielle was Marie Antoinette's most beloved friend, and her coveted position earned both her and Antoinette some bitter enemies. Marie Antoinette's court is often referred to as the Polignac Court due to Gabrielle's reputation as a gatekeeper to the queen.

The Queen and Duchess Prepare to Separate

A scene from the French film,

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Pornographic pamphlets were circulated around Paris that depicted Marie Antoinette and the Duchess as lovers, though many historians assert that those depictions were a political move used to dehumanize Marie Antoinette in a society that regarded homosexuality with great suspicion, therefore strengthening the revolution against her and the monarchy's rule.

Joseph Hyacinthe François de Paule de Rigaud, Comte de Vaudreuil

Joseph Hyacinthe François de Paule de Rigaud, Comte de Vaudreuil
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Vaudreuil was not a popular figure at the French court, but he was a powerful one. He was highly cultured and possessed great charm and fascination for women, yet also had a violent temper and ambitious nature. He attached himself to the king's youngest brother, the comte d' Artois (later Charles X of France), and formed a strong attachment to the Duchesse de Polignac (Gabrielle), Queen Marie Antoinette's best friend and one of the leaders of high society at Versailles. Many at court viewed the

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Self-portrait in a Straw Hat by Elisabeth-Louise Vigée-Lebru

Self-portrait in a Straw Hat by Elisabeth-Louise Vigée-Lebru
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Vigée Le Brun would paint more than thirty portraits of the Marie Antoinette and her family, leading to her being commonly viewed as the official portraitist of Marie Antoinette. Vigée Le Brun helped to improve Marie Antoinette's image by painting portraits that included her children and worked towards making her more relatable to the public, in hopes to counter the bad press and judgement the queen had recently received.

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Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (Marie Élisabeth Louise; 16 April 1755 – 30 March 1842) born in Paris, also known as Madame Lebrun, was a prominent French painter. Her artistic style is generally considered part of the aftermath of Rococo, while she often adopts a neoclassical style. Vigée Le Brun cannot be considered a pure Neoclassicist, however, in that she creates mostly portraits in Neoclassical dress rather than the History painting. While serving as the portrait painter to Marie Antoinette, Vigée Le Brun works purely in Rococo in both her color and style choices.

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