Trivium Art HistoryJoseph Ducreux

Self-portrait in the Guise of a Mockingbird

Self-portrait in the Guise of a Mockingbird, 1791 — Joseph Ducreux,
91 cm72 cm

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

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