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creator QS:P170,Q213163
Object type painting
English: Exhibitor: Adam Williams Fine Art Ltd

Portrait of the Countess Siemontkowsky Bystry (NOTE: no such noble family in Poland)

In 1789 after fleeing France following the Parisian mobs march on Versailles, Vigée Le Brun set out for Italy on what would turn out to be twelve years of exile from France. There Count Wilczek, the Austrian ambassador to Milan, suggested she move to Vienna. Upon her arrival in 1792, she was warmly received in aristocratic circles, and she quickly received numerous commissions from distinguished Polish and Austrian nobles. This portrait of Countess Bystry is a wonderful example of the portraits she produced in Vienna.
Polski: Anna z Rakowskich Bystra
Date 1793
date QS:P571,+1793-00-00T00:00:00Z/9
Medium oil on canvas
medium QS:P186,Q296955;P186,Q4259259,P518,Q861259
Dimensions Height: 81 cm (31.8 in); Width: 62 cm (24.4 in)
dimensions QS:P2048,81U174728;P2049,62U174728
Unidentified location
18th-century portrait painting of women, with Unspecified, Unidentified or Unknown
Object history


Count Siemontowski, Chateau de Koustyn, Valonie, Russia; Baron Thomitz, Paris’ Newhouse Galleries, New York;Private collection, New York, by 1977
Inscriptions Signed and dated lower left 'LE. Vigee Le Brun / a Vienne 1793'

Literature: Memoirs of Madame Vigee Lebrun, 1903, p. 223; W.H. Helm, Vigee Lebrun: Her Life, Works, and Friendships, London, 1915, p. 120 and Appendix; J. Mycielski and S. Wasylewski, Potrety Elzbiety Vigee-Lebrun. 1755-1842, Lwów, 1927, ill. Exhibition:

New York, Ehrich Galleries, January 1915
Other versions husband's portrait


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