Wild Creations Digital Access: Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun

Join the Museum of Fine Arts curatorial team as we explore artwork by women artists in the museum’s collection. Wild Creations is designed to showcase the powerful contributions of women artists throughout history, while offering participants an opportunity to examine structural forces that have led to inequality in the art world.

In Workshop 3, we’re highlighting French portrait artist, Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun. To get started, watch this video with MFA Curatorial and Registration Assistant, Erin Wilson discussing how and why we acquired Vigée Le Brun’s Julie as Flora in our collection, and its significance within a larger historical context. Then, follow this lesson guide with a quiz to further explore Vigée Le Brun’s early success as an artist, and how she came to be known as one of the greatest portrait painters of the 18th century. Click here to submit your quiz answers to be eligible for prizes, and look for a special Wild Creations tour once our museum reopens!

Thank you for participating — and for becoming your very own Wild Creation.


Image credit: Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun, (French, 1755–1842), Julie As Flora, Roman Goddess Of Flowers (detail), 1799, Oil on Canvas, Museum Purchase