Mrs Charles Inches (1887) by John Singer Sargent

Mrs Charles Inches - John Singer Sargent - 1887

Artwork Information

TitleMrs Charles Inches
ArtistJohn Singer Sargent
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions86.36 x 60.64 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationMuseum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston

About Mrs Charles Inches

The artwork titled “Mrs. Charles Inches” was painted by the esteemed artist John Singer Sargent in the year 1887. It is an oil on canvas that measures 86.36 x 60.64 cm and is an exquisite example of portraiture within the Realism art movement. The piece is currently part of the collection at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston.

In the artwork, the subject is depicted with a dignified and poised demeanor. The portrait displays a woman dressed in an elegant burgundy gown. Her posture is straight, yet relaxed, giving her a composed and self-assured presence. The woman’s attire features a deep V-neckline, exposing her d├ęcolletage, and the fabric drapes across her left shoulder, adorned with a decorative bow, adding a touch of opulence to the dress.

The artist has captured the subject with meticulous attention to texture and detail, particularly evident in the lustrous quality of the woman’s skin and the rich, velvety texture of her gown. The background is rendered in neutral, muted tones, which serves to focus the viewer’s attention primarily on the figure herself. The woman’s facial expression is calm with a hint of contemplativeness, as she gazes directly out of the painting, offering a sense of connection with the viewer.

John Singer Sargent’s masterful brushwork is evident in the soft transitions of light and shadow, which model the subject’s features with a realistic depth and subtlety. The artwork as a whole is a fine representation of Sargent’s skill in capturing both the physical likeness and the essence of his sitters, exemplifying the sophistication and grace of the era’s portraiture.

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