Activities & Events : Films (show all)

  • Thursday May 05, 2016
  • 5:00 PM
    The Fabulous Life of Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, Portraitist of Marie-Antoinette
    Water Court Foyer and Auditorium

    Follow the adventures of Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun over the course of her nearly 90-year life in this captivating docudrama. Watch the film, then stay for a post-film conversation between director Arnaud Xainte and Paul Lang, the Gallery’s Deputy Director and Chief Curator.

    Tapas and cocktails at 5 pm. Film at 6 pm.

    Film in French with English subtitles. Conversation in French. English simultaneous interpretation is available if a request is made to before 28 April. Organized in partnership with the French Embassy in Canada. Buy film tickets.

    The first true international retrospective and first in North America, the exhibition Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842): The Portraitist to Marie Antoinette will be on view in Ottawa from June 10 to September 11, 2016, following its great success at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York this winter and the Grand Palais in Paris last fall.

    A celebrated eighteenth-century French portraitist, Vigée Le Brun is among the most important female artists of all time. Exploring the life and work of a woman who was not only extraordinarily talented, but also publicity-savvy, this groundbreaking exhibition at the Gallery demonstrates both Vigée Le Brun’s exceptional skill and her ability to carve out a significant career in a man’s world.

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