DARIEN, Conn. -- The Louise Parker Berry Community Room will feature a preview of the new Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition of Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1.
Living during the late 18th century, one of the most turbulent periods in European history and one in which women essentially were excluded from the official French Painting Academy, Vigée Le Brun defied the odds. A mostly self-taught but extremely talented artist, she achieved incredible success, even becoming, by her mid-20s, the favorite portraitist of Marie Antoinette.
Forced to flee France during the upheaval of the Revolution, Vigée Le Brun lived in exile for several years, earning a comfortable living for herself and her daughter, Julie, by painting European heads of state.
The painter’s fascinating, cosmopolitan life story is the the stuff of movies, avant la lettre. In honor of both Women’s History Month and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s monographic exhibition of Vigée Le Brun’s work, which continues through May 15, we celebrate this exceptional artist and cultural figure.
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