(b. 1749, Paris, d. 1803, Paris)

Self-Portrait with Two Pupils

Oil on canvas, 211 x 151 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The artist portrayed herself before the easel with her two pupils, Marie Gabrielle Capet (1761-1818) and Marie Marguerite Carreaux de Rosemond (died 1788).

In 1783, when Labille-Guiard and Vigée-Lebrun were admitted to the French Académie Royale, the number of women artists eligible for membership was limited to four, and this canvas has been interpreted as a propaganda piece, arguing for the place of women in the academy.