Virginie Girod SEASON 2022 - 202306h00, December 21, 2022

Listen to the story of Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun told by historian Virginie Girod, in an unpublished story in two episodes.

Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun is considered the greatest portrait painter of the 18th century.

Her talent made her the darling of Paris and a close friend of Queen Marie-Antoinette, whom she painted many times, at Versailles.

But the Revolution will put her in danger and force her to leave France.

In this episode of the podcast "At the heart of history" produced by Europe 1 Studio, Virginie Girod goes back to the beginning of the story of Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun, a painter who from her childhood rubbed shoulders with many artists.

Find Virginie Girod in Madame Figaro on newsstands October 14 with an unpublished story.

"At the heart of history" is a Europe 1 Studio podcast. 

Writing and presentation: Virginie Girod 

- Producer: Adele Humbert 

- Artistic direction: Adèle Humbert and Julien Tharaud 

- Directed by: Clement Ibrahim 

- Original music: Julien Tharaud 

- Additional music: Julien Tharaud and Sébastien Guidis 

- Communication: Kelly Decroix 

- Distribution and writing: Eloise Bertil 

- Visual: Sidonie Mangin

While she was still only a child, Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun drew: she was 6 years old, she lived in a convent and she practiced with a simple piece of charcoal.

The painter, who was soon to be considered the greatest portrait painter of the 18th century, frequented artists very early on, met through her father, himself a pastel artist.

But he dies when she is only 12 years old.

How will the young Elisabeth then make drawing a profession in its own right to feed her family?

Who are its first customers?

And how does she finally meet Marie-Antoinette?

Virginie Girod retraces the career of Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun, who arrived in Versailles at the age of only 25 for her first official posing session facing the Queen.

This story is a Europe 1 Studio production.

Subjects covered: Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun - Versailles - Marie-Antoinette - Revolution - 1789 - painting - art - Louis XVI

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