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)
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 199
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.