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Marie Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun
French, 1755–1842
Bacchante
1785
Oil on canvas
Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1939
1955.954

  "What impresses me most about Vigée-Lebrun's Bacchante is the artist's ability to capture the attitude of abandonment I would imagine in a follower of Dionysus. Her ruddy cheeks, half-closed eyes, and the general disarray of hair and clothing create the image of a woman catching a quick breath before the revelry begins again. As my eye catches hers, it is almost as if she is inviting me to come along."

Jessica L. Fripp
Class of 2005
Graduate Program in the History of Art
Williamstown, Massachusetts



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