Episode No. 228 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curator Katharine Baetjer and author Nancy Princenthal.
Along with Joseph Baillio and Paul Lang, Baetjer is the co-curator of “Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France.” The exhibition, the first retrospective of Vigée Le Brun’s work since a 1982 show at the Kimbell Art Museum, is on view at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art through May 15.
Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun is one of the major portraitists of late 18th-century France and the major portrayer — propagandist, really — of Marie Antoinette. Vigée Le Brun’s portraits, painted over the course of a 50-year career, were favored by European aristocracy not just in Paris and Versailles in the decades before the French Revolution, but, in nearly every capital across Europe in the decades afterward. After fleeing the Revolution, Vigée Le Brun made major work in Venice, Rome, St. Petersburg and elsewhere. The exhibition’s excellent catalogue was published by the Met and is distributed by Yale University Press.
Baetjer is a curator at the Met. She has previously worked on Canaletto, Watteau and Chardin.
On the second segment, we’ll hear a clip of host Tyler Green’s August, 2014 conversation with Nancy Princenthal. A couple weeks ago her biography of Agnes Martin, “Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art,” was awarded the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography. Princenthal will receive the prize at a ceremony at New York City’s New School on April 11. Amazon offers it for $19-27.
Air date: March 17, 2016.