BENOIST, Marie-Guillemine
(b. 1768, Paris, d. 1826, Paris)

Portrait of a Negress

1800
Oil on canvas, 81 x 65 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

This painting was exhibited at the Salon of 1800. It was praised by the public and the critics for the purity of the drawing and the skill of the colouring combined with a plastic strength lacking in the earlier portraits, achieved by the faithful application of David’s aesthetic.