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Big succes for The Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun exhibition now closed.

August 25, 2015 | By francecanadaculture Canada

Organized by the National Gallery of Canada, the Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais in Paris and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the exhibition began its tour in the French capital, at Le Grand Palais from September 23, 2015, to January 11, 2016, and then in New York from 9 February to 15 May, 2016, to arrives at Ottawa from 10 June to 12 September, 2016.

Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun is considered the most important female painter of her time. At an early age, following her father’s example, she began to paint portraits of her contemporaries, revealing a brilliant talent. By 1778, the self-taught painter had become the official portraitist of Queen Marie-Antoinette, and in 1783, under royal protection, she was accepted into the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture – one of few women accorded this honour.

Forced to leave France in 1789, in the wake of the French Revolution, the artist brought new inspiration to the portrait genre as she visited the great capitals of Europe. In Italy, Austria, Russia and Germany until 1802, then in England and Switzerland until 1809, her prestige and reputation continued to grow. Her international career, the distinguished nature of her models, her superb skill and her memoirs created a special aura around the artist for the Romantic generation. Although she has not been completely forgotten today, her place in art history has long been overshadowed, and this exhibition is significant for shining a bright light on this splendid painter. Vigée Le Brun’s work has never before been gathered for a true retrospective – an oversight that makes this exhibition particularly ambitious and rich in discovery.

Tracing Vigée Le Brun’s career by way of an important body of pictorial work and a colourful page of European history, the exhibition has benefited from exceptional loans from the Château de Versailles, the Louvre and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as from major private collections.

--> Find HERE all the programming about the exhibit in Ottawa!

Past and successfull events : 

May 5 : Film Premiere : The Fabulous Life of Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, portraitis of Marie-Antoinette

June 9 at 5pm: Exhibition Opening Ceremony

June 11 : Vigée Le Brun day

June 16 : "Women and Music" : Conversation with Hélène Blazy* and Ana Sokolovic.

* composer of the film musics of The Fabulous Life of Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun, portraitis of Marie-Antoinette

In parternship with the National Gallery of Canada :