9 x 12"
oil on panel
On this eve of Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s inauguration, I finished this new painting and the title just popped into my head. It is, indeed, curtains for the outgoing President.
I remember the first time I saw this painting in the Art Institute of Chicago - Madame Paul Escudier (Louise Lefevre) - I wouldn't have guessed it was by John Singer Sargent. It's not the classic Sargent portrait. You have more of the surroundings of the Parisian apartment with more emphasis on the light and curtains framing the woman. She's not the dominant feature of the portrait, rather she's part of the composition. And I love that.
I know very little about Ms. Lefevre other than she was French and Sargent was her choice for the commission. Turned out this portrayal, subdued as it is, was a big hit in the Paris art world and Sargent's popularity grew larger than it already was.
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