The #VigeeLeBrun exhibition in #Ottawa!
Organized by the National Gallery of Canada, the Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais in Paris and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the exhibition began its tour in the French capital, at Le Grand Palais from September 23, 2015, to January 11, 2016, then New York from 9 February to 15 May, 2016, to end its tour in Ottawa, its only Canadian venue and the last stop, from 10 June to 12 September, 2016.
Events in Ottawa :
May 5 : Film Premiere : The Fabulous Life of Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, portraitis of Marie-Antoinette
June 9 : Exhibition Opening Ceremony
June 11 : Vigée Le Brun day
June 16 : "Women and Music" : Conversation with Hélène Blazy (composer of the film musics of The Fabulous Life of Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun, portraitis of Marie-Antoinette) and Ana Sokolovic.
Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun is considered the most important female painter of her time. At an early age, following her father’s example, she began to paint portraits of her contemporaries, revealing a brilliant talent. By 1778, the self-taught painter had become the official portraitist of Queen Marie-Antoinette, and in 1783, under royal protection, she was accepted into the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture – one of few women accorded this honour.