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Portrait of an Artist

A work made of oil on canvas.
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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

c. 1735

Artist:

French

About this artwork

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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

French School

Title

Portrait of an Artist

Place

France (Artist's nationality)

Date

1725–1740

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

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

Reference Number

1981.66

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