Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842) is one of the finest 18th-century French painters and among the most important of all women artists. An autodidact with exceptional skills as a portraitist, she achieved success in France and abroad during one of the most eventful, turbulent periods in European history. Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France is the first retrospective and only the second exhibition devoted to this artist in modern times. The 80 works on view at the Metropolitan Museum will be paintings and a few pastels from European and American public and private collections. On view at the MET February 15–May 15, 2016
I took the following photos at the exhibition while standing back and up close. I wanted to bring up the issue of proper viewing distance and the idea that something that looks quite rough and abstract from up close, can actually appear smooth and naturalistic from a greater distance.