Woman in a straw hat

meta-cre­ation_­date: 4 March, 2004
The pret­ty, tal­ent­ed self-pro­mot­er VigeZ Le Brun whom Reynolds appar­ent­ly thought was a ‘fin­er’ por­traitist than van Dyck was a sin­gle moth­er, a mem­ber of the AcadZmie Fran­caise and con­fi­dante of Marie-Antoinette. 

image cropped from Self Portrait in a Straw Hat

Her “Self Por­trait in a Straw Hat” (full image “here(link to NG)”:http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/collection/features/potm/march/img/ng1653_screensaver.jpg) is a cocky ref­er­ence to Ruebens’ famous “Cha­peau de Paille”:http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/cgi-bin/WebObjects.dll/CollectionPublisher.woa/wa/largeImage?collectionSection=work&workNumber=NG852 (which was, in fact, a por­trait of a woman in a fur hat). It’s an ‘in your face’ poster for her­self: but what’s not to like?

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