Elisabeth Vigée Lebrun, study on Pajou


40cm x 50cm. Oil on board.

From a sculpture by Augustin Pajou – 1783 -. Phillip Carrero.

Bust of Vigee Le Brun – 1783
Artist: Augustin Pajou (1730-1809)
Terra-cota Bust of Vigée Le Brun, Musee du Louvre
Artist: Augustin Pajou enjoyed a long and continuing success as a portraitist spanning the Enlightenment, the French Revolution and the Empire. He was Louis XVI’s official portraitist and he completed many psychologically penetrating portrait busts of some of the greatest and most interesting figures of his age. He is best know for his bust of Louis XV’s mistress Madame Du Barry


Augustin Pajou is known mainly for  directing the decoration of the Versailles opera house.


Oil depiction of Augustin Pajou. Bust of Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun. 1783. Terracotta. Musée du Louvre. Paris, France.

By Phillip

Currans Hill artist Phil Carrero started as an impressionable 16 year old drawing charcoal portraits through the streets of Buenos Aires. He worked his way up from drawing to painting and begun to sell his works around that time. Coming to Australia in 1973 , at the age of 23, Mr Carrero continued his studies in Art and completed an apprenticeship for four months to get himself better acquainted with portraiture painting. Meanwhile, for almost ten years produced and sold many ship portraits and marine paintings. -After that I begun getting around 12 commissions a year for just portraits. That's the point when he begun to make a living out of painting-, he said. He paints in the Traditional, Realistic style ... English and Italian schools, his portraits can resemble the Grand Manner style of the 19th and 20th centuries in England and later, America. (extracted from "Artist has brush with thieves", Macarthur Advertiser, January 2004)