Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842) is one of
the finest 18th-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 abroad during one of
the most eventful, turbulent periods in European history. Vigée
Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France is
the first retrospective and only the second exhibition devoted to
this artist in modern times. The 80 works on view at the
Metropolitan Museum will be paintings and a few pastels from
European and American public and private collections.
Additional support is provided by gifts made in
memory of Parker Gilbert.
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