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Painting in a modern World. Sargent’s informal Portraits

Following his arrival in Paris in 1874, the young Sargent rapidly assimilated the language of modern art and came to admire the work of Velázquez, as did his teacher Carolus-Durand and Manet. Sargent’s portraits of between 1883 and 1885 which open the exhibition reveal the striking freedom of approach to formal arrangement and composition that characterises the naturalistic style of his first mature period.
Madame Gautreau drinking a Toast
John Singer Sargent
Madame Gautreau drinking a Toast, 1882-1883
Oil on wood. 32 x 41 cm
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
Robert Louis Stevenson and His Wife
John Singer Sargent
Robert Louis Stevenson and His Wife, 1885
Oil on canvas. 51.4 x 61.6 cm