Félix-Auguste Clément (French, 1826-1888)
Graphite on paper, 9 1/4 x 8 1/4 in.
Gift of DeCourcy E. McIntosh
Clément studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris with Michel-Martin Drölling (1786-1851) and Édouard Picot (1786-1868), and won the coveted Prix de Rome in 1856. His oeuvre ranged from history and genre painting to Orientalism and portraiture. In this drawing, as in a number of other self-portraits made throughout his career, he emphasizes his status as a working artist, palette in hand.