I can only imagine the anxiety Louis felt when he realized that the unthinkable had begun, did he try to hide the reality from the Queen, how long did they cling to denial. I read the sad, sad tale over and over, always hoping it will end differently. Hoping that their get-away carriage will at last bring them to safety, but like Violetta in La Traviata, there is never a happy ending.
In that spirit I put together this little daub, a watercolor play on the famous portrait of the Queen by Le Brun, I pretentiously titled it “The Death of Monarchy”.
b. November 2nd 1755
d. October 16th 1793
painted by Louise Elizabeth Vigee le Brun, a loyal friend to the Queen
b. August 23rd 1754
d. January 21st 1793
by Antoine Francois Callet
Saint Denis Basilica