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Becoming Lisette

24 July 2015

Independent and beautiful, Élisabeth Vigée, known as Lisette to friends and family, has progressed in the art of oil painting incredibly fast. Having received instruction from her beloved father, Louis Vigée, a prominent Parisian guild painter, Lisette possesses all the qualities of a brilliant young painter, but is saddled with a disadvantage – being a woman. Undeterred, Lisette believes she can become a painter in Paris. She finds support in a dashing art collector and French Army officer named Amante, who is intrigued by her talent and beauty.

After Lisette’s father dies unexpectedly, her family is in dire financial straits. Lisette wants to support her family, but before she can sell a single painting, her mother marries wealthy merchant jeweler Le Sèvre. Le Sèvre soon has Lisette painting portraits of his noble and wealthy jewelry clientele. It quickly becomes clear Le Sèvre wants to control Lisette, leading to severe consequences for her budding career, Amante’s pursuit of her affections and even her safety. Lisette realizes she must find her own way – before it is too late.

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