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Portrait of princess Alexandra Golitsyna and her son Piotr

Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun1794

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

In 1794 in Vienna Vigee-Lebrun painted a portrait of Princess Alexandra Golitsyna, wife of the equerry A.A.Golitsyn, and her son. This is an example of the so-called "Greek manner". In it she followed the principles of emergent classicism. Vigee-Lebrun depicted the princess against a background of antique pilasters, enhancing the resonance of her beloved colours, red and white, and stressing the gentle femininity of the mother and the happy liveliness of the child.

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