Mrs. Charles Gifford Dyer (Mary Anthony)

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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Date:

1880

Artist:

John Singer Sargent
American, 1856–1925

About this artwork

The sitter and her husband, the painter Charles Gifford Dyer, were part of an expatriate community of American artists that lived and worked in Europe in the late 19th century. John Singer Sargent painted this portrait during his first extended stay in Venice as a professional artist. Rather than a formal commission, the work likely served as a souvenir of friendship and shared experiences. Its relatively small scale and the background’s thin, quick brushwork suggest that Sargent completed the canvas in a single sitting. The painting’s dark tones and limited palette are reminiscent of Spanish masters such as Diego Velázquez, whom Sargent looked to in particular during his student years in the late 1870s, and indeed throughout his career.

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American Art, Gallery 176

Artist

John Singer Sargent

Title

Mrs. Charles Gifford Dyer (Mary Anthony)

Origin

United States

Date

1880

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, upper left: "To my friend, Mrs. Dyer. John S. Sargent. Venice. 1880"

Dimensions

62.2 × 43.8 cm (24 1/2 × 17 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Friends of American Art Collection

Reference Number

1915.592

Extended information about this artwork

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