Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun

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Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun
1755-1842
Self-Portrait
Graphite on thin blue writing paper.
8 5/16 x 6 15/16 inches (218 x 175 mm)
Purchased on the Fellows Fund.
1955.8
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Signed by the artist at lower left, "pour souvenir de / Le Brun fecit".
Provenance: 
Galerie Cailleux, Paris.
Bibliography: 

Adams, Frederick B., Jr. Seventh Annual Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1957, p. 79-80.
Pierpont Morgan Library. Review of Acquisitions, 1949-1968. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1969, p. 175.
Denison, Cara D. French Drawings, 1550-1825. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984, no. 89.
Denison, Cara D. French Master Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1993, no. 90, repr.

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Watermark: none.
Vigée Le Brun was best known for her portraits of the French court and was close to Queen Marie-Antoinette, one of her greatest patrons. In 1789, the artist fled the terrors of the French Revolution and lived in Italy, Austria, and Russia before returning to France in 1802. This charming likeness on blue writing paper, which probably dates from her time in exile, was apparently intended as a souvenir for a friend, as indicated by the inscription at lower left. -- Exhibition Label, from "Life Lines: Portrait Drawings from Dürer to Picasso."

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