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    Sale 11936

    Old Masters: Part II

    14 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 265

    Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun (Paris 1755-1842)

    Portrait of an artist

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    Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun (Paris 1755-1842)
    Portrait of an artist
    oil on canvas
    21 7/8 x 18 1/8 in. (55.6 x 46 cm.)


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    In this intimate portrait of a fellow artist, painted in the early part of Vigée Le Brun’s career in c. 1773, the artist demonstrates her impressively refined technique at a young age. Although the identity of the sitter is not known, he bears a clear likeliness to Elizabeth’s brother, Étienne Vigée.

    The present work will be included in Joseph Baillio's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the works of Vigée Le Brun.

    Provenance

    Groult collection, Paris, and by descent to
    Pierre Bordeaux-Groult (1916-2007), Paris, from whom acquired in 2004 by the following.
    Private collection.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that this picture does not represent the artist’s brother, Etienne Vigée, as suggested in the catalogue note - it relates to her early portrait of him painted in c. 1773 on a stylistic basis.


    Literature

    S.M. Alsop, 'Echoes of the Enlightenment: A Stately Paris Home Honors the Eighteenth Century,' Architectural Digest, XLII, September 1985, p. 213, as a self-portrait by Louis Rolland Trinquesse.
    To be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the works of Vigée Le Brun by J. Baillio


    Exhibited

    New York, Wildenstein, The Arts of France from François I to Napoléon I: A Centennial Celebration of Wildenstein’s Presence in New York, October 26, 2005-January 6, 2006, no. 106. Illustrated (color)