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Alphonse Legros (1837-1911)

Alphonse Legros signed and dated 1905

Lithograph, printed in red ink | 38.0 x 26.2 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 657906

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Legros made four self-portrait prints during 1905, all based on the same profile. The printing of this lithograph in red ink replicates the look of a red chalk drawing: the image is uncannily similar to that of Melzi's portrait of Leonardo da Vinci (no. 96, alongside), which had been reproduced several times by 1905. Legros presumably knew such a reproduction and modelled his own portrait on that of Leonardo, either in earnest or in jest.