Oil on canvas
Framed: 51 x 42 x 4.5 cm (20 1/16 x 16 9/16 x 1 3/4 in.); Unframed: 41.3 x 32.8 cm (16 1/4 x 12 15/16 in.)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Sherman E. Lee in honor of Henry Hawley 2004.17
In this self-portrait, Le Page is painting his specialty: flowers.
François LePage belonged to a family of flower painters and worked in the French city of Lyon, which was famous for producing silk, particularly fabric with flower motifs. Flower painting was a specialty associated with the Lyon school of painting, and is a subject that requires both delicacy and dexterity, both of which are highlighted in this small self-portrait.
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