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Self-Portrait in a Hat

Self-Portrait in a Hat

c. 1790
Sheet: 21.6 x 17.5 cm (8 1/2 x 6 7/8 in.); Secondary Support: 21.6 x 17.5 cm (8 1/2 x 6 7/8 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

Self-portraiture was a common practice among the young artists who, like Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson, worked in the studio of the acclaimed history painter Jacques-Louis David.


Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson created this self-portrait as a young man, in his 20s, while living in Italy after winning the prestigious Prix de Rome. The artist meets the viewer's gaze boldly and directly from underneath his distinctive hat. The drawing is one of several depictions that Girodet created of himself around this time and may have been intended as a gift by exchange for a colleague.
  • ?-1978
    (Adrian Ward-Jackson, London, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH)
    Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Champion, Jean-Loup. "A Theater of Mirrors: Girodet's Self-Portraits." In Girodet, 1767-1824. Sylvain Bellenger, ed. Exh. Cat. Paris: Gallimard, 2006. Mentioned and reproduced: pp. 98-99
    Arasa, Yaelle. Davidiennes: Les Femmes Peintres de l'Atelier de Jacques-Louis David (1768-1825). Paris: L'Harmattan, 2019. Mentioned and reproduced: P. 124-125
  • Girodet: Romantic Rebel. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (May 22-August 27, 2006); Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (October 12, 2006-January 21, 2007).
    French Drawings from the Collection. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (December 13, 1994-March 12, 1995).
    Directions in Drawing II: The Human Figure. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (November 5, 1991-January 12, 1992).
    Seventeenth-, Eighteenth-, and Early Nineteenth-Century Genre and French Prints and Drawings. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (May 31-August 19, 1979).
    Year in Review: 1978. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (February 13-March 18, 1979).
    Exposition "Une Oeuvre": Un Dessin de Girodet. Musée Girodet, Montargis, France (November 3 - 18, 1977).
  • {{cite web|title=Self-Portrait in a Hat|url=false|author=Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson|year=c. 1790|access-date=09 June 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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