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‘Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France’ Review

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun

In the late 18th century, as ancien régime aristocrats watched their privileged culture vanish and commoners imagined a brighter future, portraiture assumed a commanding place in French art, capturing not only the era’s major players but often its ethos. In “Vigée Le Brun”—an exhaustive and eye-opening exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art of about 90 works by Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842) curated by the art scholar Joseph Baillio, the Met’s Katharine Baetjer, and Paul Lang of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa—an undersung portrait painter of this period finally gets the close-up to which she is clearly entitled.

News Source: The Wall Street Journal

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