Violet Sargent

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

Modeled 1890, cast c. 1908

Artist:

Augustus Saint-Gaudens
American, born Ireland, 1848–1907

About this artwork

Portrayed here is Violet Sargent, the sister of the painter John Singer Sargent. Augustus Saint-Gaudens produced this bronze relief in exchange for a portrait of his wife and son by Sargent. Clothed in contemporary dress and playing a guitar, Violet projects charm, elegance, and sophistication—similar to a sitter in a Sargent portrait in oil. Musical instruments were often included in late 19th-century depictions of young upper-class women as a way of suggesting the leisure and refinement these women were expected to embody. The varying degrees of relief and the harmonious lines of this work attest to Saint-Gaudens’s technical prowess and his sensitivity to the medium of bronze.

On View

American Art, Gallery 161

Artist

Augustus Saint-Gaudens

Title

Violet Sargent

Origin

New Hampshire

Date

1890

Medium

Bronze

Inscriptions

Inscribed in wreath upper right: "Violet Sargent" Signed on bench:"A ST G / MDCCCLXXXX / FECIT"

Dimensions

127 × 87 cm (50 × 34 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Brooks McCormick

Reference Number

1976.685

Extended information about this artwork

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