Mrs Henry Marquand (1887) by John Singer Sargent

Mrs Henry Marquand - John Singer Sargent - 1887

Artwork Information

TitleMrs Henry Marquand
ArtistJohn Singer Sargent
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions169 x 107 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationPrinceton University Art Museum, New Jersey

About Mrs Henry Marquand

The artwork titled “Mrs Henry Marquand” is a compelling portrait painted by the renowned artist John Singer Sargent in the year 1887. It is an oil on canvas piece, reflective of the Realism art movement, measuring 169 by 107 centimeters. The genre of this piece is portraiture, and it currently resides within the collection of the Princeton University Art Museum located in New Jersey.

The artwork features a woman elegantly seated in a wooden chair with a dark, simplistic background that focuses the viewer’s attention on her. Sargent’s mastery in capturing realism is evident in the intricate detailing of the texture and folds of the woman’s attire, particularly the white lace shawl and the black dress she dons, which elegantly contrasts with her pale skin. The woman’s attire is of a fine, upper-class nature, adorned with a delicate brooch and complemented by tasteful jewelry on her fingers, suggesting a sense of refinement and societal status.

Her pose is relaxed and poised, conveying a sense of comfortable assurance. Her facial expression is serene and pleasant, with a gentle smile gracing her lips, contributing to the congenial and dignified air of the subject. The lighting in the artwork is strategically diffuse, highlighting the softness of her features and the textile’s delicate patterns while casting a soft shadow to enhance the three-dimensional effect.

This portrait exemplifies Sargent’s skill in portraiture, demonstrating his ability to render not only the physical likeness but also the subtle character and social context of his sitters. His sophisticated brushwork and nuanced attention to light and shadow resulted in a lifelike representation that resonates with viewers even to this day.

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