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Marie Antoinette

Marie-Antoinette and her family (Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun)

Inspired By: Portraits of Marie-Antoinette and her family (Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun)

Sofia Coppola’s punk biopic of the doomed French queen may have included some distinctly anachronistic pairs of Converse and Manolo Blahnik shoes, but she also took inspiration from the court portraits of the Queen painted by Rococo artist Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun. Yes, a woman! Overcoming the sexism of the time in part thanks to family connections and also thanks to talent, the artist left more than 30 portraits of the Queen and her family, and went on to travel around Europe and paint Russian royalty after the French Revolution made her native land a less-than-hospitable place for a court painter. Vigée Le Brun’s sugary palette and pastel colours are clearly visible in the film, and a scene showing a woman painting the Queen is even included in the final cut.

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1 Nighthawks and The Sting maybe?
When I first saw this picture it reminded me so much of when Hooker (Redford) meets the female assassin posing as a waitress in the cafe. More

Posted by drico on Tuesday June 25, 2013, 11:01

2 Rembrandt?
Ah I see. Too close? More

Posted by annrhoward on Sunday June 23, 2013, 13:52

3 Rembrandt?
What about Peter Greenaway's 'Nightwatching' based on Rembrandt's painting 'The Night Watch' ? More

Posted by annrhoward on Sunday June 23, 2013, 13:51

4 RE:
Clever. Never made that link before :-) More

Posted by DunBirnin on Saturday June 22, 2013, 09:46

5 RE: Lee/Howe
Murray, they were illustrating the same subject matter as the film, so I categorised them with Dali and Spellbound as being too closely involved. More

Posted by Helen OHara on Friday June 21, 2013, 16:35

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