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Anne Vallayer-Coster (1744-1818)
“Portrait of a Violinist” (1773)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden

Vallayer-Coster painted very few portraits, and many of those that she did had a direct personal connection. In the light of this fact and a certain resemblance, researchers have suggested that Portrait of a Violinist is a genre painting of one of the artist’s three sisters, Madeleine, Elisabeth or Simone. It is not known whether any of them really did play the violin.

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