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Vigée Le Brun

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Pages: 288
  • Illustrations: 166 in full color
  • Dimensions: 9'' x 10 1/2''
  • Format: Hardcover
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  • Award: 2016 GOLD Winner for Women's Studies from Foreward Indies Book Awards
  • ISBN: 9781588395818



By Joseph Baillio, Katharine Baetjer, and Paul Lang

Elisabeth Louise Vige Le Brun (17551842) was one of the finest eighteenth-century French painters and among the most important women artists of all time. Celebrated for her expressive portraits of French royalty and aristocracy especially of her patron, Marie Antoinette Vige Le Brun exemplified success and resourcefulness in an age when women were rarely allowed either.

This handsome volume follows the fascinating life of Vige Le Brun, portraying a talented artist who nimbly negotiated a shifting political and geographic landscape. Essays by international scholars illuminate ninety paintings and pastels that attest to Vige Le Brun's superb sense of color and expression. A chronology of her life and a map of her travels after exile from Revolutionary France accompany the text, elucidating the journeys of this remarkable, independent painter.

Watch the exhibition trailer:
Vige Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"Indispensable for anyone seeking to understand the complexity of the painters life and work."
New York Review of Books

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