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Julie Roberts


Shepherdess Marie Antoinette

  • Shepherdess Marie Antoinette
    © Julie Roberts

About this artwork

This was painted after Roberts visited Versailles and the hamlet that Marie Antoinette had built by the Grand Trianon Lake, between 1783 and 1785. Inspired by the theories of the 'state of nature' expounded by the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the French Queen created a fantasy village which included a real dairy and a barn that doubled as a ballroom. The main building is the Queen's House. Marie-Antoinette is depicted in her favourite guise, as a shepherdess. Roberts made drawings and photographs on site and once back in her studio created her own impression of the Queen in these extraordinary surroundings.

Updated before 2020

Artist:
Julie Roberts (born 1963) Welsh
Title:
Shepherdess Marie Antoinette
Date:
1999
Materials:
Oil on acrylic on canvas
Measurements:
180.00 x 210.00 cm
Object type:
Painting
Credit line:
Purchased 2000
Accession number:
GMA 4328
Gallery:
In Storage
Depicted:
Marie Antoinette
Subjects:
Lochs, lakes and ponds Plants and agriculture Royalty
Artwork photographed by:
Antonia Reeve

True colours

Julie Roberts

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