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Self-portrait in the Guise of a Mockingbird, 1791 — Joseph Ducreux, Musée du Louvre

Self-portrait in the Guise of a Mockingbird

Joseph Ducreux

Self-portraits

Every class has its clown. Joseph Ducreux worked alongside the great Neoclassical French painters like Vigée Le Brun, and Jacques-Louis David, but his work sparks with humor and weird energy. His self-portrait from 1793 is still phresh enough to generate its own meme — ‘Gentlemen, who hath released the hounds?’ 

Submitted by Reed Enger
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