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Portrait of Theresia, Countess Kinsky

Portrait of Theresia, Countess Kinsky, 1793

Elisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun
French, 1755-1842
Oil on canvas
54-1/8 x 39-3/8 in. (137.5 x 100.0 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

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As a devoted Monarchist and friend of the Queen, Marie-Antoinette, Vigée-Lebrun chose exile during the French Revolution. While in Vienna in 1793, she produced this image of Theresia, Countess Kinsky. The Countess was the unfortunate victim of an arranged marriage. Her husband, a man whom she had never met, abandoned her at the church immediately after their wedding, and returned to his mistress. Clearly, Vigée-Lebrun was captivated by the beauty and amiable character of Countess Kinsky, as well as by her sad history.

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