Exhibitions/ Art Object

Self-Portrait

Artist:
Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, Paris 1755–1842 Paris)
Date:
1790
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
39 3/8 × 31 7/8 in. (100 × 81 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gallerie degli Uffizi, Corridoio Vasariano, Florence (1890, n. 1905)
Not on view
In Florence, Vigée Le Brun admired the famous collection of artists’ self-portraits in the Corridoio Vasariano at the Uffizi. Asked to add her own image, she later wrote: “I painted myself with a palette in hand, in front of a canvas on which I am drawing the queen in white chalk.” Both her subject and her elegant black silk gown were intended to evoke the power and prestige of her position as a painter to the king of France. The scarlet sash adds a bold touch.
Paris. Grand Palais, Galeries nationales. "Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun," September 23, 2015–January 11, 2016.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France," February 15–May 15, 2016.