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Portrait of a Man

Lafitte won first place in the prix de Rome of 1791 and was awarded study as a pensionnaire at the Académie de France in Rome. It was in Rome that he created this psychologically penetrating portrait of a stylish and pensive young man against a dramatically lit sky. The proto-Romantic sensibility of the sheet is emphasized by the composition, which sets the subject, perhaps a fellow artist, against a distant landscape with a low horizon line.

Credit: Purchase, Guy Wildenstein Gift, 2012...

Conté crayon heightened with white chalk
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

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