Madame Paul Escudier (Louise Lefevre)

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

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Date:

1882

Artist:

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.

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American Art, Gallery 273

Artist

John Singer Sargent

Title

Madame Paul Escudier (Louise Lefevre)

Origin

United States

Date

1882

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, lower right: John S. Sargent 1882

Dimensions

129.5 × 91.4 cm (51 × 36 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Brooks McCormick

Reference Number

2007.391

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