Bacchante

By Elisabeth-Louise Vigée-LeBrun (1755-1842)
Ca. 1785
Oil on oak panel
Inv. CAM 113
© MAD, Paris / photo: Jean Tholance

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This mythological subject is exceptional in the work of Elisabeth-Louise Vigée-LeBrun, official portraitist of Marie Antoinette. The artist made it a pretext for a charming study of a female nude, which proved so successful that she painted a second version. At the time of its exibition at the Salon of 1785, the painting belonged to the Comte de Vaudreuil.