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Self-Portrait in a Straw Hat with a Plume

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun French

Not on view

One of five self-portraits by Vigée Le Brun in the exhibition, this fine drawing was discovered recently. The angled pose, lace-collared dress, broad-brimmed hat, and loose curls are typical of contemporaneous portraits of herself and others. The artist created effects of shadow by rubbing the chalk with a stump, a cylindrical tool made of soft paper, felt, or leather.

Self-Portrait in a Straw Hat with a Plume, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, Paris 1755–1842 Paris), Black chalk, stumping, and charcoal on paper

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