Vigée Le Brun

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Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, 1755–1842) is one of the finest eighteenth-century French painters and among the most important of all women artists. An autodidact with exceptional skills as a portraitist, she achieved success in France and Europe during one of the most eventful, turbulent periods in European history.

In 1776, she married the leading art dealer in Paris; his profession at first kept her from being accepted into the prestigious Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture. Nevertheless, through the intervention of Marie Antoinette, she was admitted at the age of 28 in 1783, becoming one of only four women members. Obliged to flee France in 1789 because of her association with the queen, she traveled to Italy, where in 1790 she was elected to membership in the Accademia di San Luca, Rome. Independently, she worked in Florence, Naples, Vienna, St. Petersburg, and Berlin before returning to France, taking sittings from, among others, members of the royal families of Naples, Russia, and Prussia. While in exile, she exhibited at the Paris Salons.

She was remarkable not only for her technical gifts but for her understanding of and sympathy with her sitters. This will be the first retrospective and only the second exhibition devoted to Vigée Le Brun in modern times. The eighty works on view will be paintings and a few pastels from European and American public and private collections.

Selection of further exhibitions in: United states

03.05.2020 - 16.08.2020
National Gallery of Art
4th and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington DC

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01.05.2019 - 13.09.2020
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street
New York

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18.10.2019 - 09.02.2020
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street
New York

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20.06.2021 - 06.09.2021
National Gallery of Art
4th and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington DC

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02.02.2020 - 03.03.2020
National Gallery of Art
4th and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington DC

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01.03.2020 - 05.06.2020
National Gallery of Art
4th and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington DC

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01.11.2019 - 22.03.2020
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street
New York

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01.07.2019 - 23.02.2020
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston

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12.10.2019 - 09.02.2020
Legion of Honor | Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
100 34th Avenue
San Francisco

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21.03.2020 - 26.07.2020
de Young Museum | de Young
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco

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04.05.2019 - 08.03.2020
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston

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24.04.2019 - 26.07.2020
Perez Art Museum Miami - PAMM
1103 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami

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03.01.2016 - 03.05.2020
Mexican and Latino Art Museum | San Francisco | In Association With The Smithsonian Institution - Th
Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd., Building D
San Francisco

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24.07.2019 - 20.07.2020
22.11.2019 - 05.07.2020
Perez Art Museum Miami - PAMM
1103 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami

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14.12.2019 - 08.11.2020
Seattle Art Museum
1300 FIRST AVENUE
Seattle

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20.01.2020 - 20.01.2020
Mexican and Latino Art Museum | San Francisco | In Association With The Smithsonian Institution - Th
Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd., Building D
San Francisco

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25.09.2019 - 08.05.2020
The Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street
New York

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Vigée Le Brun The Metropolitan Museum of Art Main address: The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue 10028-0198 New York, United states The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue 10028-0198 New York, United states Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, 1755–1842) is one of the finest eighteenth-century French painters and among the most important of all women artists. An autodidact with exceptional skills as a portraitist, she achieved success in France and Europe during one of the most eventful, turbulent periods in European history.

In 1776, she married the leading art dealer in Paris; his profession at first kept her from being accepted into the prestigious Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture. Nevertheless, through the intervention of Marie Antoinette, she was admitted at the age of 28 in 1783, becoming one of only four women members. Obliged to flee France in 1789 because of her association with the queen, she traveled to Italy, where in 1790 she was elected to membership in the Accademia di San Luca, Rome. Independently, she worked in Florence, Naples, Vienna, St. Petersburg, and Berlin before returning to France, taking sittings from, among others, members of the royal families of Naples, Russia, and Prussia. While in exile, she exhibited at the Paris Salons.

She was remarkable not only for her technical gifts but for her understanding of and sympathy with her sitters. This will be the first retrospective and only the second exhibition devoted to Vigée Le Brun in modern times. The eighty works on view will be paintings and a few pastels from European and American public and private collections.
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