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Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842)

Despite the many challenges facing female artists in her day, the largely self-taught painter Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun rose to prominence in France and beyond. Her exceptional skills as a portraitist gained her favor with Marie Antoinette, who helped her become one of just four women admitted to the influential Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture. When that same royal connection forced her into exile during the French Revolution, she flourished abroad, working in Florence, Naples, Vienna, St. Petersburg, and Berlin. The first retrospective to be devoted to her work, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842) brings together 80 paintings and pastels, some never before displayed in public.