Portrait of Charles Deering

A work made of oil on canvas.

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Date:

1917

Artist:

John Singer Sargent
American, 1856–1925

About this artwork

Although best known for his portraits, John Singer Sargent was also an accomplished plein air (outdoor) painter. In this uncommissioned likeness of his longtime friend Chicagoan Charles Deering at his home in Florida, the artist harmonized portraiture and landscape, weaving the sitter into a tapestry of swift brushstrokes, warm and cool hues, and the area’s rich vegetation. Dressed in white, Deering relaxes in a cane chair with tropical foliage around him as well as views of boats and blue sky in the distance. Sargent stayed with Deering for two months in 1917 while spending considerable time painting outdoors in both oil and watercolor.

On View

American Art, Gallery 171

Artist

John Singer Sargent

Title

Portrait of Charles Deering

Origin

United States

Date

1917

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, lower right: John S. Sargent Miami 1917

Dimensions

72.4 × 53.3 cm (28 1/2 × 21 in.)

Credit Line

Anonymous loan

Reference Number

8.2002

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