Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun acquired considerable fame and renown for her portraits of Queen Marie-Antoinette and artistocratic ladies in late 18th-century France. The Kimbell's Self-Portrait, acquired in 1949, remains one of the most beloved works in the collection.
Caption: Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, Self-Portrait, c. 1781, oil on canvas. Kimbell Art Museum, acquired in 1949. In recognition of his service to the Kimbell Art Museum and his role in developing area collectors, the Board of Trustees of the Kimbell Art Foundation has dedicated this work from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Kay Kimbell, founding benefactors of the Kimbell Art Museum, to the memory of Mr. Bertram Newhouse (1883–1982) of New York City.