Black chalk, with stumping, heightened with traces of white gouache
Support: Light gray wove paper laid down on beige(1) wove paper
Sheet: 21.6 x 17.5 cm (8 1/2 x 6 7/8 in.); Secondary Support: 21.6 x 17.5 cm (8 1/2 x 6 7/8 in.)
Delia E. Holden Fund 1978.79
Self-portraiture was a common practice among the young artists who, like Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson, worked in the studio of the acclaimed history painter Jacques-Louis David.
Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson created this self-portrait as a young man, in his 20s, while living in Italy after winning the prestigious Prix de Rome. The artist meets the viewer's gaze boldly and directly from underneath his distinctive hat. The drawing is one of several depictions that Girodet created of himself around this time and may have been intended as a gift by exchange for a colleague.
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