Walking through the Art Gallery, I enjoyed all the paintings. One stood out more, as it was different to the rest. I noticed that during the enlightenment era, the portraits were stiff and lifeless. The artist John Hoppner had made a change with the full-length portrait of Madame Marie-Louise Hilligsberg in 1791. In this portrait, the background is dark, but Marie-Louise is in eye-catching colours, and your eyes are drawn straight to her. Hoppner can bring the Romantic Era into his work. The painting shimmers of white and gold in the dress. This gives a transparent artistic movement to the painting. These qualities capture the life of the Romantic era. The light reflects on the dress. There is an illusion of the dress moving, and she is dancing. Marie-Louise became a ballet dancer in Paris. She travelled to London in 1787 and joined the King’s Theatre. In December of that year, her first performance was in the Noverre’s ballet. After the 1802-1803 season, she retired and moved back to France with her husband. Her retirement was a brief one as she died in January 1804, Probably from “extreme exertion. I love the way Hoppner made the painting come alive and caught her the story through with her posture and expression.