Portrait of Theresa, Countess Kinsky, 1793
Oil on canvas
54-1/8 x 39-3/8 in. (137.5 x 100.0 cm)
As a devoted Monarchist and friend of the Queen, Marie-Antoinette, Vigée-Lebrun chose exile during the French Revolution. While in Vienna in 1793, she produced this image of Theresa, Countess Kinsky. The Countess was the unfortunate victim of an arranged marriage. Her husband, a man whom she had never met, abandoned her at the church immediately after their wedding, and returned to his mistress.
Norton Simon Art Foundation
A friendly reminder that just because someone is a blood relative it don’t mean that you’re obligated to put up with their toxic bullshit.