Mrs. Adrian Iselin (1888) by John Singer Sargent

Mrs. Adrian Iselin - John Singer Sargent - 1888

Artwork Information

TitleMrs. Adrian Iselin
ArtistJohn Singer Sargent
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions153.67 x 93.02 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationNational Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

About Mrs. Adrian Iselin

The artwork titled “Mrs. Adrian Iselin,” created by the illustrious artist John Singer Sargent in 1888, is an oil on canvas painting that embodies the principles of Realism. With dimensions of 153.67 by 93.02 centimeters, this portrait is currently housed at the National Gallery of Art, located in Washington, D.C., where it contributes to the rich tapestry of historical art collections.

The artwork captures the dignified essence of its subject with a remarkable degree of lifelikeness, attesting to Sargent’s mastery of the portrait genre. Mrs. Iselin is depicted standing, her figure occupying the central space of the canvas. She is dressed in a sumptuous black gown, detailed with intricate beadwork and delicate lace at the cuffs that lend texture to the otherwise dark attire. Her pose is one of composed grace, with her right hand delicately touching the top of a richly adorned table, suggesting a sense of poise and refined elegance.

The background is subdued, with soft tonal variations that put the emphasis on the figure herself. The neutral palette creates a sense of depth and highlights the tactile details of her dress and the soft skin tones. The artist’s skill is particularly evident in the rendering of light and shadow, which gives the portrait a three-dimensional quality.

Sargent’s technique—marked by fluid brushwork and a confident handling of light—imbues the painting with a near-photographic realism that was a hallmark of his portraiture. Despite the realistic portrayal, there is an element of impressionistic fluidity in the brushstrokes, particularly noticeable in the treatment of the background and edges of the gown, signaling the artist’s transition between styles and movements.

This artwork, with its combination of precision and painterly freedom, showcases Sargent’s ability to not only capture the likeness but the character and societal stature of his sitters, making “Mrs. Adrian Iselin” a quintessential example of his portraiture prowess.

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