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Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France

A preview of the exhibition Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from February 15 through May 15, 2016.

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Credits

Director: Christopher Noey
Producer: Kate Farrell
Narrator: Elsa Carette
Editor: Karlie Efinger
Production Coordinator: Lisa Rifkind

© 2015 Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais / The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Transcript

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun was the last great French royal portrait painter. Her talent and ambition took her to Versailles, as portraitist to Marie Antoinette. With the French Revolution, her association with the queen forced her to flee, a thirteen-year exile taking her to the courts of Naples, Vienna, and Saint Petersburg.

The most famous woman artist in Europe, she painted more than six hundred portraits. From the monarchy to the modern world, the unique story of this woman, talented and free, became interwoven with history. 

Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France, an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from February 15 through May 15, 2016.