John Singer Sargent (1856–1925), Margaret Stuyvesant Rutherfurd White (Mrs. Henry White), 1883, oil on canvas from the exhibit
My kids take art classes at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. The college's continuing education program for teenagers is fantastic and we visit the Corcoran Gallery when we are entertaining visitors who want to see more than the National Gallery. There is a current exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of the paintings by artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), who is known as "the pre-eminent society portraitist of the Gilded Age".
On the Street...Eva at Sunset, Milan, Monday, September 28, 2009 posted by The Sartorialist at 5:02 PM
Sargent has a lot in common with the pre-eminent portraitist of our time, Scott Schuman.
The photographic portraits by Schuman on The Sartorialist Blog and his book, The Sartorialist offer the contemporary point of view. In Erica E. Hirschler's book Sargent's Daughters - The Biography of A Painting, a series of paintings by Sargent "affirms and defies convention, flouting the boundaries between portrait and genre scene, formal composition and quick sketch or snapshot". Sounds like The Sart!