8 x 24"
oil on panel
Of all the paintings by John Singer Sargent, this one, which I got to see in person, blew me away like no other - depicting the famous Shakespearean actress Dame Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth.
Sargent attended the production of Macbeth at the London Lyceum and immediately wanted to paint the actress and convinced her to sit for him. His pose of Terry holding a crown on her head, after the murder of Duncan, the Scottish king, didn't happen in the play, but he wanted a dramatic pose, concentrating on her intense gaze and that spectacular costume of green and blue embroidered silk.
Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth hangs in the Tate Britian.
My new painting will be included in the upcoming solo show Sargentology opening March 2nd at the Robert Lange Studios.
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