Woman Playing a Guitar

Simon Vouet French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 622

Created during his years in Rome, this painting reveals Vouet’s abiding interest in the work of Caravaggio with its dramatic lighting and psychological engagement as a woman averts our gaze while suggestively pushing the guitar to her breast. After his return to Paris in 1627, Vouet abandoned the moody atmosphere and bodily presence of paintings such as this in favor of clear light, sculptural bodies, and jewel tones. Although not among the French Royal Academy’s founding members, many of his students became that institution’s most influential voices.

Woman Playing a Guitar, Simon Vouet (French, Paris 1590–1649 Paris), Oil on canvas

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