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Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun

Self-Portrait In Traveling Costume

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January 31, 03:58 PM GMT


700,000 - 1,000,000 USD

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Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun

Paris 1755 - 1842

Self-Portrait In Traveling Costume


bears inscription in black ink on the original backing: 28. novbre 1816 / Légué par Mr Menageot / à Mme Nigris-- / Ce dessin représente Mme Le Brun / il est fait par elle-même

19 ¾ by 15 ¾ in.; 480 by 375 mm (sight size)

Presented by the artist in Rome to François Guillaume Ménageot (1744-1816);

By bequest to Madame Gaétan Bernard Nigris, née Jeanne Louise “Julie” Le Brun (1780-1819);

Presumably bequeathed by her to her cousin, Madame Justin Tripier Le Franc, née Eugénie Le Brun (1797-1872);

Thence by inheritance to her son, Charles- Auguste Tripier Le Franc (1830-1892);

By whom possibly bequested in his will of 4 April 1889 to one of the three executors of his estate, Pierre-Marie-Auguste Langoit, Paris;

Or possibly by inheritance to Tripier Le Franc’s common-law wife, Françoise-Anne Cardinot;

Sale, Paris, Nouveau Drouot, 17 December 1983, lot 1;

Where acquired by the present owner.

Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, Mémoires d’une portraitiste (1755-1842), Paris, 1989, p. 90, illus.;

Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, Memoirs of Madame Vigée Le Brun, Lionel Strachey (trans.), New York 1989, p. 107, reproduced;

W. Wasserstein, "Portraits by a Lady" in Arts & Antiques (September 1989), p. 111, reproduced;

J. Baillio, “Vigée Le Brun pastelliste et son portrait de la duchesse de Guiche,” in L’Œil, June 1993, no. 452, pp. 22-23, reproduced p. 29;

A. Laing, 'French eighteenth-century drawings', Burlington Magazine, vol. 141, no. 1155 (1999), p. 378 and 380;

P. Rosenberg, 'Eighteenth-Century French Drawings in New York Collections', Master Drawings, vol. XXXVIII, no. 2 (2000), p. 187;

N. Jeffares, "Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun," Dictionary of Pastellists before 1800, London 2006, online edition [http://www.pastellists.com/Articles/VigeeLeBrun.pdf], accessed 31 May 2023, cat. no. J.76.105, reproduced;

G. Haroche-Bouzinac (ed.), "Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun," in Souvenirs 1755-1842, Paris 2008, pp. 32-33, reproduced;

J. Baillio, “Une nouvelle édition des Souvenirs de Madame Vigée Le Brun 1755-1842,” in La Tribune de l’Art, 2009, reproduced fig. 3;

D. Wisner, 'French neo-classical artists and their collections', Journal of the History of Collections, vol. 24, no. 2 (2012), p. 234;

J. Baillio and X. Salmon, Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, exh. cat., Paris 2015, pp. 92-93, 346, cat. no. 4, reproduced;

J. Baillio, K. Baetjer, and P. Lang, Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, exh. cat., New York and Ottawa 2016, pp. 3, 138-139, 248, cat. no. 40, reproduced p. 138.

New York, Wildenstein, The Winds of Revolution, 1989, no. 47;

Los Angeles, Getty Museum, June 1998 (on loan);

New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Eighteenth-Century French Drawings in New York Collections, 1999no. 93;

New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pastel Portraits: Images of 18th-Century Europe, 2011, nos. 29;

Paris, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais; New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Ottawa, National Gallery of Canada, Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, 2015-16, no. 4 (Paris) and no. 40 (New York and Ottawa).