Portrait of Marie AntoinetteNational Gallery of Art, Washington DC
1755 Born in Paris: the daughter of Louis Vigée, a pastel portraitist. Taught to paint by her father and later Joseph Vernet.
1776 Marries Jean-Baptiste Le Brun, an art dealer.
1779 Summoned to Versailles and becomes painter to the queen.
1783 Vigée Le Brun becomes a member of the Académie Royale.
1789 After the outbreak of revolution she leaves France (October) and travels to Italy where she receives lucrative commissions at the courts of Turin, Rome and Naples.
1793 – 95 Takes up invitations to visit Vienna, then Prague and Dresden.
1795 – 1801 Lives in St Petersburg, Moscow and Berlin.
1802 Gains permission to return to Paris but dislikes life in Napoleonic France.
1803 Leaves for Britain where, like everywhere else, she is feted and much in demand as a portraitist, painting portraits of Lord Byron and the Prince of Wales.
1805 Returns to France: her output declines but she starts work on her memoirs — Souvenirs de ma vie.
1842 Dies in Paris.
c1782 Self Portrait is a Straw Hat, London, National Gallery
1783 Portrait of the Duchesse de Polignac, Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, UK
1783 Marie Antoinette, Washington DC, National Gallery of Art
1786 Self Portrait with her Daughter Julie, Paris, Musée du Louvre
1787 The Marquise de Pezay and the Marquise de Rougé with Her Sons Alexis and Adrien, Washington DC , National Gallery of Art
1788 Hubert Robert, Artist, Paris, Musée du Louvre
1789 Madame d’Aguesseau de Fresnes, Washington DC, National Gallery of Art
1792 Portrait of Anna Pitt as Hebe, Saint Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum
1797–1800 Portrait of Countess Golovine, Birmingham, Barber Institute of Fine Arts
1809 Portrait of Madame de Staël as Corinne on Cape Misenum, Geneva, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire