Tuesday, November 12, 2013

November/December Study - Madame Edouard Pailleron by John Singer Sargent

Madame Edouard Pailleron 
John Singer Sargent -- American painter  
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC 
Oil on canvas 
208.3 x 100.4 cm (82 x 39 1/2 in.) 
Gallery Fund and Gifts of Katherine McCook Knox,  
John A. Nevius and Mr. and Mrs. Landsell K. Christies 

Information from http://www.jssgallery.org/paintings/Madame_Edouard_Pailleron.htmhttp://www.jssgallery.org/paintings/Madame_Edouard_Pailleron.htm:
This is Sargent's first full length portrait. Notice the change of focus of the grass around her face compared to the trees and stone railing of the Madame Pailleron's parents country estate at Ronjoux, Chambéry, Savoy in the south of France where this was painted.
In 1880 Sargent showed this painting along with the subject painting Fumée d'Ambre Gris at the Paris salon.  
The autumn setting with the yellow fallen leafs and wild flowers gives this a more unusual look for this formal portrait. Sargent had been lucky in patrons. The Paillerons were open to a more artistic interpretation of portraiture. The sitter was born born Marie Buloz (1840-1913). Her father was the editor of the journal Revue des Deux Mondes and her husband was a successful  dramatist and poet. Still, this wasn't that far out of the vogue of the time.

Sorry for the delay in this month's master painting!  Since the next couple of months will be busy with the holidays, we'll make this challenge for November and December.  Have fun!

Took longer than expected but better late than never!  Here's my rendition of Madame Edouard Pailleron, I kept it simple with not too many details.

Madame Edouard Pailleron by Karen d'Angeac Mihm  (after John Singer Sargent)
Oil on 8x3 canvas paper

Madame Edouard Pailleron by Renate (after Sargent)

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