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https://www.instagram.com/turriseburnea_italianmodel/ Ciao! Sono Mariangela, un modello di vita professionale e artista di performance con sede a Roma. Poso per artisti dal 2010, poso anche per le foto. Puoi trovarmi come Turris Eburnea su Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Turris-Eburnea-lifedrawingmodel-100403278332180/?modal=admin_todo_tour e

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Dear Artists & Friends, how are you???

I miss you so much!!! I'm sorry...just a cat, who is my daughter, to educate, laundry to do, dishes to wash, lifedrawingsessions, sometimes, in presence, in Rome...just life of an Italian desperate lifedrawingmodel on line trying to neglect her duties around her home...ahahah.
First of all, I want to know how you are! Hope well and safe as always! What's the weather like by you? Are you wearing your coats like me in my last #nulladiesinelinea unthemed lifedrawingsession on line?? To be honest it's a strange October, here in Rome... too cold and the Sun, even if it is trying to do its best for me...is not so hot like I like it! Poor me!!!!!!
But...but...but I will survive...because I know a special way to warm my days...and yours too! The power of Art will heat up my body and your hands drawing & painting me!
This method can be used also if you need fresh days...because I don't know if by you it's Summer, Winter, Autumn or Spring...Anyway we can have our best days, our perfect days just following the line...and the right direction indicated by our so strong fil rouge! It is absolutely ready to start another fantastic adventure with us!
Are you ready too? Well...just an advice in case of...keep your heads attached to your neck...Later you will understand why I say this...
Divine Time machine, please, drive us from John Currin's contemporary realism into Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun's past realism and into her world of Art! Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
If someone had told you about this woman painter and about her incredible life maybe you would have replied that it was quite impossible...
A novel-like life...a cloak and dagger novel..."written" between Paris, where she was born and Louveciennes where she died, from 1755 until 1842, day by day...On the contrary, Reality can be more "fantastic" than a true fantasy...So just enjoy!
Yes...the French woman painter Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun who will be our painter for next Sunday themed sessions on line, died at the age of 87 years living, seeing and watching as woman and in particular as great and esteemed Artist, most of all portraits artist, many and many "realities" moving them to her canvas...
Why a woman painter, three/four centuries ago? Are our strong fil rouge and our Time Machine completely crazy? Oh, no, they were on Fragonard's tracks, one of John Currin's very strong references...when that woman painter started to speak..."and me???I'm real too!!!"
In my opinion it's just in the Past, as I said many and many times, that we can find the right direction to build the Future...and Madame Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun lived when not only a simple wind, but a tornado overturned all for ever: private and public Life, Art, Society...And first of all, as well as it has happened in John Currin's career, she has been a special and privileged witness of her Time...when the "Weather" had many alternations of rich and shining Sun and long and bloody Storms...
Élisabeth-Louise's father, Louis Vigée, was a famous pastellist and when she was just eight years old, he prophesied for her a career as great Artist, thanks to her drawings done when she was a child...In fact she drew everytime and everywhere she could...on walls too and like other very well known examples in the history of Art ( Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi just to tell one famous case) thanks to him, at the age of fifteen years old she became a professional painter and she started to receive lots of commissions...His premature death spurred her force which was also in her true beauty...
In addition to her talent, passion and true qualities in that sector she was Duchess of Chartres' and Madame de Verdun's protegée...The step from a life as a painter to a life as a court painter was a short one...Marie Antoinette...Yes...the Queen Marie Antoinette loved so so much her works of Art and she became a solicitous client of them until the beginning of the French Revolution and her execution. Maybe it's incredible to believe, but at that epoch women artists were appreciated and worked a lot...I mean,under "ancien régime" era, women had more power than...tod...and they were doing a silent revolution drawing and painting and showing their high level as professionists...as well as men...or better then them!
Élisabeth-Louise said..."At that time women reigned...The revolution has dethroned them..."
Do you like this introduction? This is just a preface of our coming themed sessions...The chapters will be done by my poses inspired by her fab works (portraits and nudes of course)!
So we will know a very interesting artist, a member of the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture, who is not against her Time, who is not representing the prototype of woman artist trying to find a place among men...she is perfectly inserted in her Time and among men painters ( even if to demonstrate that she is the real author of her works of art she can't paint alone...she always needs to have someone by herself to show that she is doing her works by herself!). She is famous, rich and working a lot because she receives many and many commissions before and after the Revolution in 1789. Does she have some unmentionable secrets to justify her success? At first all that "normality" shocked me...and made me as always curious...
I will reply with another question...the same from last session about John Currin's paintings and in particular about portraits:"What is a portrait?"
And as last time there will be not only one right answer or maybe not right answers at all...and for many reasons...
First of all because Elisabeth's image in her Time is very different from what we knew thanks to her: she painted also lots of "scandalous" self portraits involving herself into her Art, then 'cause she realized nudes too ( yes nudes) and last but not least she did more than thirty portraits of the Queen Marie Antoinette and her family in a so unconventional way that just the Queen's protection could save her from ferocious critics of her period...
She didn't do common copies...she painted reality ( bodies, faces and souls of course)... for example showing herself smiling and open-mouthed, which was in direct contravention of traditional painting conventions going back to antiquity. (The court gossip-sheet Mémoires secrets commented: "An affectation which artists, art-lovers and persons of taste have been united in condemning, and which finds no precedent among the Ancients, is that in smiling, [Madame Vigée LeBrun] shows her teeth.")
She painted a very informal attire even if it was the Queen's attire exhibiting the painting Marie-Antoinette in a Muslin Dress (1783, sometimes called Marie-Antoinette en gaulle) because that was the Queen's decision to be shown in that way.
Her approach to Reality was so "natural", I mean "real" in another sense compared to other ways to paint Reality that she "changes" the traditional rules about portrait paintings in order to capture the vivacity and liveliness of a particular moment... She did a "gentle" revolution as just a clever and talented woman can do while another big and bloody and cruel Revolution was effacing completely a world followed by a dream of Freedom stifled by Restauration...I think it was really hard to live crossing through many heads on or not on their necks...
If John Currin, as I wrote last time, to stop the Time, to imprison the Beauty...creates a kingdom of "extreme" and "exuberance" where all the beings are searching the movement, the energy, and his "solution"...is to accentuate and emphasize the dramatic effect, the tension of emotions... Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun seems to understand how the world is fragile and she is compassionate, humane...she seems to be tenderized by the human condition and she paints in a more kind way, real like a dream can be real...Look at her free and soft attire...The classical line of her white clothes anticipates the Empire Style and her favourite hairdressing is with unpowdered wigs... just her vaporous curls...Also about the other figures...maybe Élisabeth-Louise paints some unnatural and so much bright skin tones in cutesy poses...with the sophisticated effect of unreal elegance in silky drapery , but her virtuosic mastery in techniques renews her subjects without risks of boredom or vacuum...That's why the observation of real bodies moving and living before and after the Revolution will be so important...It's not only related to the perfect knowledge about anatomy as science but it's about "real life" under the skin in a "political" sense too... The "grace" in her style expresses her vision of the world where society is less aggressive and brutal than she can see in her time... Her beautiful shape, her fairy form are the translation of her ideal world of relationships based on courtesy, kindness and on meetings among noble people... in the pure sense of noble souls...A Queen is kind and beautiful and "natural" like a perfect adorable queen must be and is in fairy tales...All is ideal...all is real...and this solution or way to live and think about life can save from real distortions and deformations. These are also true arguments in literary salons of her age where all is changing ...because society is changing starting from the cutting of many heads done during the revolution...Her paintings give an argument, image by image, about that way of life...
I think that it's very important to mention, at this point, in addition of her first teachers she had when she was a teenager ( Joseph Vernet for landscape and Jean Baptiste Greuze for portrait), some of her sources of inspiration to know and appreciate her artistic style: the divine Raffaello for the emotions; the rigorous Flemish school for proportions, colours brilliance and varieties of allegories; the mysterious Rubens for the conflicting sources of lights on different surfaces; the perfect Van Dick for the accuracy in doing physiognomies and details...
I perfectly know that I didn't talk about her private life as mother and wife...but she was such a revolutionary woman continuing to paint also when she was about to give birth to her beloved daughter that she needs more time in occasion of our two lifedrawingsessions on line to be honoured...Yes I will propose two lifedrawingsessions on line in the same day. She painted every time...maybe she followed our very well known motto "nulla dies sine linea"
I perfectly know that I didn't talk about her "Grand Tour" in Italy after the Revolution (Torino, Napoli, Parma, Modena, Bologna, Venezia, Firenze, Napoli and Roma) and that I didn't talk about her fab career in other European Courts like Vienna, London and Saint Petersburg, but it's because, as you know, I can't reveal all now... I promised you a novel-like life and I'm working on this too reading about her very interesting thoughts from her " Souvenirs" written and published at the age of 80 years and trying to know where to "draw the line" (ahahah) inspired by her Conseils pour la peinture du portrait...
A self made woman painter that we will never forget...
So hoping not to completely lose my head (ahahahah) in this coming trip here all the info to book my lifedrawingsessions:
Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun
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Unconventional poses...
24 th OCTOBER (Sunday)
Lifedrawingsessions on line with TURRIS EBURNEA model
h 5-7 pm (Rome time) & h 8-10 pm (Rome time)
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Thanks a lot for your attention and book me soon!!!!!
Have a nice day !
See you on Sunday!!!