Elisabeth Vigée-Le Brun proved one of the most popular portrait painters in the last decades before the French Revolution. Capturing the elegance, style, and élan of the French aristocracy, Vigée-Le Brun eventually drew the attention of Queen Marie-Antoinette whom Vigee-Le Brun would paint more than six times. When the Ancien Régime collapsed in the summer of 1789 and rapidly moved toward the tragic excesses of the Terror, Vigée-Le Brun went into exile eventually arriving in Russia where she painted the great and good at the Imperial Court. Eventually allowed to return to France, she would witness the whirl of events before her death in Paris in 1842 aged 86.
Presented by Dr. Simon P. Sibelman, Professor Emeritus of French and Holocaust Studies, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, former Executive Director of the Virginia Holocaust Museum, and Professor Emeritus of French and Holocaust Studies, Appalachian State University.
Tickets available first-come, first-serve on the day of the lecture at the Welcome Center. The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program. Free coffee available. Cookies provided courtesy of Big Y.