Art Criticism Paper

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"The Grafin von Schonfeld with her Daughter" by Elizabeth Louise Vigee-LeBrun

In the University Of Arizona Museum Of Art, the Pfeiffer Gallery is displaying many art pieces of oil on canvas paintings. These paintings are mostly portraits of people, both famous and not. They are painted by a variety of artists of European decent and American decent between the mid 1700's and the early 1900's. The painting by Elizabeth Louise Vigee-Lebrun caught my eye and drew me in to look closely at its composition. "The Grafin von Scholfeld with her Daughter" is oil on canvas art piece painted in 1793. It is a painting of a woman holding her daughter on her lap, the woman being "The Grafin von Schonfeld." The woman is
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It shows the time and the classic style of the era and the stature of the mother and daughter. This painting is a portrait of the wife and daughter to the Minister of Saxony to Austria. Vigee-LeBrun, the artist, was originally from France but stayed in Vienna, Italy during 1792 to 1794. She painted this portrait at the time of her stay. Vigee-LeBrun usually did not include landscapes in her portraits, but the family really enjoyed the Italian culture and landscape and asked for them to be included in the portrait (The University of Arizona Museum of Art pamphlet). Knowing a little of the background of the piece, it gives the reasons behind the window and landscape in the painting. It was for the family and how they enjoyed their culture and surroundings. The eyes of the mother and daughter in the painting are very drawing to the viewer. Vigee-LeBrun made this feature of the face very realistic and wanted to give life to a flat painting. In Egyptian times, the artists made the Egyptian portraits of people similar by accentuating the eyes. Egyptians believed that the eyes were the gateway to the soul. Maybe Vigee-LeBrun had this idea when painting and wanted the eyes of the people she painted to show the souls and the life of the people instead focusing on features that were less valuable. "The Grafin von Schonfeld with her Daughter" is very interesting to look at. It shows


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