Marie Antoinette with the Rose Portrait by Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, 1783.
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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.
Descent and early life. He was born in 1755 to the statesman and Field Marshal Axel von Fersen the Elder and the countess Hedvig Catharina De la Gardie (through her ...
Yolande Martine Gabrielle de Polastron, Duchess of Polignac
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.
Yolande Martine Gabrielle de Polastron, Duchess of Polignac ... Aglaé Louise Françoise Gabrielle de Polignac (7 May 1768, Paris; 30 March 1803 in Edinburgh).
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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.
Yolande Martine Gabrielle de Polastron, Duchess of Polignac (Paris, France, 8th September 1749 – Vienna, Austria, 9th December 1793)
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
Joseph Hyacinthe François de Paule de Rigaud, comte de Vaudreuil (2 March 1740 – 17 January 1817) was a French nobleman at the court of King Louis XVI of France.
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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.
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.