(b. 1755, Paris, d. 1842, Paris)
The Marquise de Pezay and the Marquise de Rougé with Her Sons Alexis and Adrien1787
Oil on canvas, 123 x 156 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington
This group portrait, a rare example of the conversation piece in Vigée-Lebrun's oeuvre, was conceived as a tribute to friendship and motherhood. The two women regularly attended the artist's musical soirées before the French Revolution.
The painting was exhibited at the Salon of 1787, where critics praised the brilliance of the artist's technique and the elegance of the poses. The reviewers also focused on the intensity of the motherly and filial affection expressed in the interaction between the marquise de Rougé and her sons.