John Singer Sargent (September 2021)

Portrait of the artist, John Singer Sargent
Self-portrait John Singer Sargent [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
John Singer Sargent was an American artist born in Florence Italy to American parents in 1856.  Considered by many as the leading portrait painter of his generation, he is known for his society portraits on both sides of the Atlantic which featured both Europeans and Americans.  His best known portrait, Madame X (1884) received mixed reviews due to the sexual suggestiveness of her pose.

Portrait of beautiful woman in sleeveless black gown standing by table. One hand on table, face turned in profile
Portrait of Madame X as painted by John Singer Sargent [public domain] via wikimedia commons
Another social class of society gained Sargent’s attention when he arrived on the Island of Capri in 1878.  Rosina Ferrara, a native of Capri from working class parents, became his muse. He and other artists were captivated by her exotic looks.  Sargent painted her many times capturing her natural beauty. Sargent died in 1925 in London at the age of 69.

Woman in long shirt viewed from back. She is resting against a tree branch in a field of wild grasses and stones
Painting by John Singer Sargent [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Profile head and-shoulders view of tawny-skinned girl with dark hair
Rosina Ferrara of Capri, painted by John Singer Sargent


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