Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun's paints a royal flush
JUNE 10 TO SEPTEMBER 11
Best known as the court painter to Marie Antoinette, Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun had a long, turbulent, and historically significant career. Her work took her from Revolution-era Paris, to the art academies of Rome, to the palaces of Russia. Among her vibrant paintings, you’ll find not just the face of Marie Antoinette, but also Russian princesses Alexandra and Elena Pavlovna — the granddaughters of Catherine the Great — and the last king of Poland, Stanislaw August Poniatowski. In an exhibition of her work, the National Gallery of Canada highlights her extraordinary self-taught talent and applauds her success in a world dominated by men.