Portrait painter to the elite

The Grand Palais in Paris is planning a retrospective of Marie-Louise-Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun for 2015. A master colorist like her idol, Peter Paul Rubens, Vigee Le Brun (1755-1842) enjoyed great success as a portraitist to the aristocracy of France and other European countries. For much of her working life, Vigee Le Brun juggled career, motherhood and marriage. Hubby had the society connections she needed initially, but his gambling habit consumed much of her income. Check the Grand Palais website over the next few months for dates and details about the retrospective.