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  • Self-Portrait

    Artist:
    Vigée-Le Brun, Marie-Louise-Elisabeth. 1755-1842
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    78,5x68 cm

Vigée-Le Brun, Marie-Louise-Elisabeth. 1755-1842

Self-Portrait

France, 1800

This work was painted in St Petersburg where Vigee Le Brun, a refugee from the French Revolution and famed for her portraits, was working at the imperial court. She created many portraits of members of the imperial family and Russian aristocrats. Here the artist showed herself painting a portrait of Empress Elizaveta Alexeevna, wife of Emperor Alexander I. The strictness of the Neoclassical style did not deprive the canvas of intimacy. Compositional clarity is softened by the lively pose and elegant gesture, and the slightly coquettish femininity.

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Self-Portrait

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oil

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78,5x68 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1922; transferred from the Academy of Fine Arts Museum

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-7586

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