Art, Books and Culture Group at The Beecroft, 19th November 2022: The Life and Art of Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun


Please note the “unusual” date for our next meeting on

Saturday 19th November, 2022

11.15am (for about an hour or so) at The Beecroft Gallery, Lecture Theare

when we will be discussing

Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun

whose glorious Self Portrait is at the National Gallery:

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun Self Portrait in a Straw Hat 1782 Oil on canvas, 97.8 x 70.5 cm Bought, 1897 NG1653

The Gallery’s short biography of her reads:

Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842), the daughter of a minor painter, Louis Vigée, was born and brought up in Paris. She became a member of the Académie de St-Luc in 1774 and of the French Academy in 1783. She was a highly fashionable portrait painter, patronised particularly by Queen Marie Antoinette. Between 1789 and 1805 she travelled in Europe and visited Russia.

Today, we’ll explore her life and art in revolutionary France and across Europe.

All are welcome to our informal – but hopefully informative! – art history discussions.

Tickets are £10 on the door, and there will be coffee & biscuits afterwards.

Please note, next month’s meeting will also be on an “unusual” date – Saturday 17th December.

About TheCommonViewer

Independent Researcher: gently exploring the art and artists of early 20th century Britain (with forays elsewhere, in particular Russian Art History); the Art, Books & History Group meets monthly in Southend-on-Sea Twitter: @TheCommonViewer

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