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Vigée Le Brun

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Vigée Le Brun is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 27.
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By Joseph Baillio, Katharine Baetjer, and Paul Lang

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755–1842) 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—Vigée Le Brun exemplified success and resourcefulness in an age when women were rarely allowed either.

This handsome volume follows the fascinating life of Vigée 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 Vigée 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.

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Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France

By Joseph Baillio, Katharine Baetjer, and Paul Lang

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755–1842) 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—Vigée Le Brun exemplified success and resourcefulness in an age when women were rarely allowed either.

This handsome volume follows the fascinating life of Vigée 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 Vigée Le Brun's superb sense of color and expression. A chronology of her life and a map of her...See More

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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  • Pages: 288
  • Illustrations: 166 in full color
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dimensions: 9'' x 10 1/2''
  • ISBN: 9781588395818
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"Indispensable for anyone seeking to understand the complexity of the painter's life and work." 
      —New York Review of Books

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful book in all respects First, the quality of the production of this book is superb: binding, cover and jacket, typeface, weight and quality of paper, and reproduction of photos of works in the catalogue. The essays are both informative and entertaining. From them, I learned much about the inner workings of French aristocratic society of the period than I, a history major in college, knew before. Sources and provenances are easy to find. I've been a long-time fan of Elizabeth Vigee Le Brun and am very happy to have this book.
Date published: 2016-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from France's Greatest Woman Painter I'm planning to see the exhibition and wanted to buy the catalogue before going to familiarize myself with the sitters and the artist. The catalogue essays and painting commentaries are superbly written and the reproductions are beautifully photographed. The introductory essay includes a number of key works which were unfortunately not part of the show including one of my favorites, her self portrait with daughter Julie. Strongly recommended if you want to learn more about this major figure in women's art history.
Date published: 2016-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Expertly Composed and Produced Book Vigée Lebrun has fascinated me ever since her Self-Portrait in a Straw Hat appeared on the cover of the Met Bulletin about 10 years ago. Joseph Baillio's synopsis of Vigée Lebrun's extraordinary life and Katharine Baetjer's essay, "The Women of the French Royal Academy", were especially informative for me. Photos of the paintings and and commentary throughout are excellent. The Met deserves acclaim for mounting what I gather is the first major exhibition anywhere of this artist.
Date published: 2016-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yeah, Vigee! I bought this to read before seeing the Vigee Le Brun exhibit at the Met and possibly at the Canadian Museum of Art in Ottawa, Canada. The text really helps in understanding the many paintings. Well spent $. Now, I need to buy the CD of the movie on Vigee's life - I hope it is at the Met Gift Shop. Very classy book. Stunning photos of the original paintings.
Date published: 2016-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A unique and outstanding artist Since I was a mere child, I loved Mme Vigée Le Brun paintings. A couple of years ago, I went to Versailles and I saw the collection that was exhibited in the old and magnificent palace. Not only the portraits of "la Reine et ses enfants" the Queen and her children, but from the entire court. I must mention, the portrait of Madame Élisabeth de France, the youngest sister of King Louis XVI, who shared the tragic fate of his brother and dearest sister in law, and another fantastic portrait of Madame de Lamballe, who was horrendously murdered as well, the one of the Duchesse de Polignac and others. Following the advice of her friend Queen Marie Antoinette, Madame Vigée Le Brun, left France and travelled through Europe for 25 years. I am deeply grateful with the Met for this marvellous exhibition
Date published: 2016-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vigee le Brun Wonderful exhibition catalogue and exceptionally fast delivery as it was coming to Ireland! As I won't make it over to see the exhibition, this is a wonderful consolation !
Date published: 2016-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent merchandise! I bought the book Vigee Le Brun, after seeing the exhibit in Paris. But I didn't want to drag it back in my luggage and knew it was coming to the Met! I don't live in NY, but my membership keeps me in touch with one of my favorite cities and museums!
Date published: 2016-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Diversity I had ordered the catalogue to read here in California before I went to New York and saw the exhibition. It was so magnificent, I bought another one for my son, his wife and daughters as a gift.
Date published: 2016-03-02
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