Self-Portrait with a Palette (1880). Marie Bashkirtseff (Russian, 1858-1884). Chéret Museum of Fine Arts of Nice.
Bashkirtseff shows herself soberly dressed, palette in hand, her gaze purposely directed at the viewer. Her professional identity is stressed here, undermined only by the insertion of the harp behind her, which threatens the seriousness of her painting by making it signify as one among a number of female accomplishments.
Oil on panel, 65 x 55 cm
Galleria Borghese, Rome
Portrait of a Young Woman, c. 1843
Oil on canvas
51-1/8 x 38-3/8 in. (129.8 x 97.5 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
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