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Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun: Femme Extraordinaire Lucrezia Walker Tuesday 04 February 2020


Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun: femme extraordinaire

One of the most accomplished of all women portrait painters, Vigée Le Brun was painter to Queen Marie Antoinette until she was driven out of France by the Revolution of 1789. She then went on a long tour of Europe visiting all the great capitals and painting their inhabitants before returning much later to live, work and die in her native France. A most engaging portrait by Vigée Le Brun of the Countess Golovina can be seen in Birmingham at the Barber Institute.

Lucrezia Walker lectures in London at the National Gallery and is the author of twelve books on 19thC artists. This is her first visit to our society.