Kudos for this summer’s blockbuster exhibition are going to the National Gallery in Ottawa for Elisabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun, 1755-1842, running through September 11, 2016.
Vigee Le Brun was Marie Antoinette’s portraitist and a very fine painter she was indeed. There are roughly 90 paintings included in the exhibition including some of the beautiful self-portraits that Vigee Lebrun used as advertising. Works on exhibition are being loaned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, which also helped organize the show and the Reunion des musée nationaux-Grand Palais, Paris and Queen Elizabeth II.
Vigee Le Brun was largely self taught and learned how to paint by studying other painters. Her rise to fame as a painter of the royal court and to the aristocracy in general is a testament to her superior abilities, given that the 18th century was very much a man’s world. Her portraits are striking for their use of light and their combined depiction of sensuality and immediacy.
Le Brun fled revolutionary France one step ahead of the guillotine and then proceeded to establish herself in a variety of European capitals before finally returning to France, when things settled down.
Kudos for this summer’s blockbuster exhibition are going to the National Gallery in Ottawa…
If you happen to find yourself strutting down the Boulevards in Gotham, during the first half of the summer, you just might want to take a side trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art where until July 17th you can catch what in all likelihood will become a once in a lifetime chance to see Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms. The show consists of 264 artworks in marble, gold, bronze, silver and terra cotta and glass.
A good third of the objects on display come f rom the Pergamon Museum in Berlin which is being renovated. Pergamon is now called Bergama and located in Turkey. After Alexander the Great’s victories his generals established a series of city states that over the course of some 300 years spread the very best of Greek art across the eastern Mediterranean. This show will be of particular interest to those who like classical sculpture.
If you happen to find yourself strutting down the Boulevards in Gotham…
” I see the practice of art as a veritable incarnation of life, an excess, a folly, an infinity, a freedom, something organic that can take us much further than all sorts of travels .” – Clémentine Célarié
An artist of such stature as Claude Picher cannot be invented. The painter’s successful career began while he was still in his teens. Appreciated by collectors across Canada as much as Jean Paul Lemieux, he quickly gained national notoriety. Voluntary, spontaneous and impulsive in character, he was also known for his political involvement and his acerbic critics towards the established systems that framed the field of visual arts. A look back at an artistic giant that has today almost been forgotten, but is still extremely topical!
Text by Michel Bois
Claude Picher is represented by:
Galerie Douce Passion, 42 Notre-Dame St., in Québec
Galerie Perreault, 205 Saint-Paul St., in Québec
The writing team thanks these two galleries for the images provided
to illustrate this article.
An artist of such stature as Claude Picher cannot be invented. The painter’s successful career began while he was still in his teens. Appreciated by collectors across Canada as much as…