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The Life & Iconic Works of Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun

  • Joslyn Art Museum 2200 Dodge Street Omaha, NE 68102 USA (map)

The Alliance Française d'Omaha presents:

The Life and Iconic Works of Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun

- presented by Jan Lund



French Conversation Table:    11:00 am at Café Durham

Lunch:                 12pm at Café Durham (lunch is à la carte)

Presentation:       1:15pm in Abbott Lecture Hall

RSVP by May 17th - please email if you plan to attend the event so the Café Durham can plan ahead; but walk-ins are welcome.  Tell your friends!  Plenty of room for all!


This in-depth lecture is devoted to the life and iconic works of Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, a retrospective of whose paintings just closed in January 2016 at the Grand Palais in Paris. This extraordinary portrait artist’s life and career stretched from the reign of Louis XV to that of Louis-Philippe (one of the most eventful and turbulent periods French history of modern times). The talk will showcase how she remarkably learned how to master the magic of colors and the fine craftsmanship of Rubens and Van Dyck; and went on to become famous as the foremost painter of Queen Marie- Antoinette. And we will also examine the many examples of self-portraits by Vigée Le Brun: paintings, pastels and drawings that elegantly associate feminine grace and pride. With the Ancien Régime coming to an end, she had supplanted most of her rival portrait artists, and with a bit of help from King Louis XVI, was inducted into the French Royal Academy of Painting. 

Marie Antoinette, 1783

Marie Antoinette, 1783


Board member and past president of the Alliance Française d’Omaha, Jan Schneider Lund has the distinction of Officer in the Order of the French Academic Palms, France’s highest teaching honor. She is a retired adjunct professor of French at Creighton University. She holds the Degré Supérieur de Langue et de Civilisation Française with an art history minor from the Sorbonne, University of Paris. 

Earlier Event: April 2
The French Convention
Later Event: June 25
La France: Le Nouveau Normal