Coffee Talks with Nan Colton: Elisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun
Connect with the arts through monthly performances that give voice and embodiment to the two-dimensional. Nan Colton invites us to meet an artist or historical figure in a 30-minute presentation filmed live from the MFA, and presented via Zoom. Grab a cup of coffee and a morning snack, and enjoy from home!
This month’s program is entitled: Elisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun
Elisabeth Louise Vigée, born in 1755 in Paris, received her first painting instruction from her father, a pastelist of some renown, and came to be known as one of the greatest portrait painters of the 18th century. At the time, painting instruction was heavily restricted through the academic system, which often rejected female artist applicants, denying them the opportunity to further their craft. However, Vigée-LeBrun was able to draw upon the vast number of works in the collections of her husband and his family, honing her skills through self-instruction and copying masterworks. Throughout much of her career, Vigée-LeBrun painted her daughter, Julie (whom she nicknamed Brunette).
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