Jan 18, 2007



c. 1790s

Lié Louis Périn

(French, 1753–1817)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 78 x 67 x 7 cm (30 11/16 x 26 3/8 x 2 3/4 in.); Unframed: 64.4 x 53.2 cm (25 3/8 x 20 15/16 in.)

Gift of Carrie Moss Halle in memory of Salmon Portland Halle 1961.334



Lié Louis Périn painted many self-portraits, but rarely ever at full scale. The son of a cloth manufacturer from Rheims, Périn left the countryside for Paris to pursue a career in miniature painting. Although he enjoyed a fast-growing reputation as a miniaturist among Parisian aristocracy, a full-scale self-portrait provided an opportunity to display his skills unhampered by the demands of a commissioned picture or painting in a miniature format.

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