Mrs. Charles Deering (Marion Denison Whipple)

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

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Date:

1888

Artist:

John Singer Sargent
American, 1856–1925

About this artwork

The sitter was the wife of Charles Deering, Chicago businessman, important benefactor of the Art Institute, and lifelong friend and patron of artist John Singer Sargent. In this half-length portrait, the painter depicted Marion Deering seated with her right arm resting on a chairback, her eyes engaging the viewer. Sargent rendered her face and hand with a high degree of finish, skills he had fine-tuned in the 1870s while a student in Paris. The broader handling of paint in her dress and its lace embellishments signals Sargent’s facility with the tactile and expressive possibilities of paint. Indeed, in the mid-1880s, Sargent not only worked in portraiture, but also experimented with the themes and vocabularies of Impressionism.

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American Art, Gallery 176

Artist

John Singer Sargent

Title

Mrs. Charles Deering (Marion Denison Whipple)

Origin

United States

Date

1888

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

71.1 × 61 cm (28 × 24 in.)

Credit Line

Anonymous loan

Reference Number

9.2002

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