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Portrait of Eugénie Tripier-Le-Franc (Portrait d'Eugénie Tripier-Le-Franc), or Self-Portrait

Attributed to Eugénie Tripier-Le-Franc

European Art

This painting encompasses the era’s fascination with antiquity (the Grecian-style gown) and the Sublime (an emotional experience generated by the awesome force of nature), which was a key concept in the burgeoning movement of Romanticism. The painting was exhibited in post-Revolutionary Paris, at a time when the country was gripped by social, economic, and governmental instability. The figure, who wears the colors of the new French republican flag—red hair ribbon, white dress, and blue shawl—may have been understood as an allegorical figure of France, shivering amid the Revolutionary storm.
MEDIUM Brown ink, graphite, and white opaque watercolor on wove paper
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1820–1829
    DIMENSIONS Sheet: 6 9/16 × 4 15/16 in. (16.7 × 12.5 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    ACCESSION NUMBER 71.138.10
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Louis Thomas
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Attributed to Eugénie Tripier-Le-Franc (French, 1805–1872). Portrait of Eugénie Tripier-Le-Franc (Portrait d'Eugénie Tripier-Le-Franc), or Self-Portrait, 1820–1829. Brown ink, graphite, and white opaque watercolor on wove paper, Sheet: 6 9/16 × 4 15/16 in. (16.7 × 12.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Louis Thomas, 71.138.10 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 71.138.10_SL3.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 71.138.10_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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