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Portrait of an Artist

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.


c. 1735



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Professional women artists were rare in the 1730s. The Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, which controlled artistic education and competitive art exhibitions called salons, was closed to women. Instead, artistic careers were traditionally limited to those born into families of artists, who could be trained by a male relative. The subject of this portrait probably belonged to such a clan. The presentation here emphasizes the sitter’s luxurious attire, including a swansdown scarf and a damask morning gown, as well as her vocation: she sits confidently before her easel, her palette in hand.


On View, Gallery 216


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


French School


Portrait of an Artist


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


101.7 × 82 cm (40 × 32 5/16 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Mrs. Harold T. Martin in honor of Patrice Marandel

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