The National Museum of Western Art

update 20 February 2019

Currently not on display

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


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

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)


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

Exhibition History

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.
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
[Traveling Exhibitions Presenting National Art Museum Collections, Fiscal 2017] Muse: Women before the Artists' Eyes: From the Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art, 22 April 2017 - 2 July 2017, Akita Museum of Modern Art, 15 July-18 September, cat. no. 2


Doria, Arnaud, Le Comte. Gabrielle Capet. Paris, 1934., p. 10.
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.
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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