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Madame Paul Escudier (Louise Lefevre)

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

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925)

About this artwork

In this depiction of Frenchwoman Louise Escudier, John Singer Sargent undercut traditional portrait conventions by prioritizing the dramatic effects of light and dark in a Parisian apartment. The picture grew out of a series of atmospheric views of working-class women in darkened interiors that the artist produced on two trips to Venice between 1880 and 1882. It combines the Impressionists’ gestural brushwork with a heightened chiaroscuro (light and shade) drawn from Spanish Old Masters such as Diego Velázquez. These compositions helped to establish Sargent’s reputation in Paris as a daring and original painter.


On View, Gallery 273


Arts of the Americas


John Singer Sargent


Madame Paul Escudier (Louise Lefevre)


United States (Object made in)

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Oil on canvas


Signed, lower right: John S. Sargent 1882.


129.5 × 91.4 cm (51 × 36 in.)

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Bequest of Brooks McCormick

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