The National Museum of Western Art

update 03 August 2018

on display Permanent Collection

Marie-Gabrielle Capet [Lyon, 1761 - Paris, 1818]

Self-Portrait

Dateca. 1783
Materials/Techniquesoil on canvas
Size (cm)77.5 x 59.5
Credit LinePurchased
CategoryPaintings
Collection NumberP.2001-0002
Self-Portrait

The painter Marie-Gabrielle Capet was active in Paris around the time of the French Revolution. This self-portrait, executed when she was twenty-two, vividly captures the fresh visage of a confident young artist. The stylish blue satin dress and matching blue ribbon in her hair convey the gaiety of the Rococo. One of the first female painters to participate in the Salon, Capet established a stellar reputation especially as a portraitist. (Source: Gallery label, July 2016)

Provenance

Collection Saint-Alary, Paris; Collection particuliére, New York; Purchased by the NMWA, 2002.

Exhibition History

2011
Créer au feminine: Femmes artistes du siècle de Madame Vigée Le Brun, Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo, 1 March 2011 - 8 May 2011, cat. no. 54, col. repr.
2014
The Rings from The Hashimoto Collection of The National Museum of Western Art, The National Museum of Western Art, 8 July 2014 - 15 September 2014, cat. no. 268

Bibliography

1934
Doria, Arnaud, Le Comte. Gabrielle Capet. Paris, 1934., p. 10.
2003
Annual bulletin of the National Museum of Western Art. No. 36 (Apr. 2001-Mar. 2002), 2003, Takahashi, Akiya. New Acquisition. pp. 13-15, List of New Acquisitions. p. 37, repr.
2013
Masterpieces: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2013 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 70, col. repr.

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