LOST PORTRAITS by Kenneth N Kurtz
Lost Portraits is a trio of scenes about Elisabeth Vigée-LeBrun, the loveliest and most successful portrait painter of late 18th Century France.
Portrait of a Patriot – Playwright Beaumarchais (40) and painter Elisabeth (21) have very different suggestions for newly arrived diplomat, Ben Franklin (72), on how to seduce France to meet a new America’s needs.
Portrait of a Pronoun -The Chevalier D’ Eon (43), the century’s most famous sexual ambiguity, desires a portrait. Will Elisabeth (22) paint the Dame or the Dragoon?
Portrait of a Peasant – concerns a portrait commissioned by Marie Antoinette (28). She wishes to be shown as a shepherdess. Elisabeth (now also 28) will paint it, but only if the queen abandons her elegant theatre costume in favor of the genuine and repellent peasant rags that the artist provides, and thereby experiences some of the miseries of her lowest subjects.