(b. 1749, Paris, d. 1803, Paris)
Portrait of a Lady Wearing a Pink Dress1786
Oil on canvas, oval, 79 x 64 cm
This portrait is a typical work of the artist. Her portraits were applauded for their faithful likeness to the sitters and, in the present work, the typically candid expression of the unknown lady imbues the portrait with a sense of frank immediacy. The precision of brushstrokes in the hair and lace trim betray her background as a miniaturist and, indeed, it was this quality that led to her acceptance to the Académie in 1783.