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

John Singer Sargent painted at least two portraits of Louise Escudier. He may have met her through her husband, a lawyer who sometimes worked on behalf of artists. This picture grew out of a series of freely rendered views of women in darkened interiors that the artist produced in Venice between 1880 and 1882. It combines the Impressionists' loose brushwork with a heightened chiaroscuro drawn from Spanish Old Masters such as Diego Velázquez. In such early paintings, Sargent deliberately undercut traditional portrait conventions, prioritizing dramatic effects of light and dark and the creation of radically asymmetrical, yet balanced compositions over clear depictions of his sitters. These portraits helped to establish Sargent's reputation in Paris as an exciting 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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