The portrait of Margaret Stuyvesant Rutherfurd White by John Singer Sargent was painted in 1883 while the couple lived in Paris. Mrs. White was a fashionable socialite and the wife of an American diplomat. Sargent began painting the portrait in late 1882, and it is now located in the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
The use of extravagant color and brushwork were central to Sargent’s success in creating a refined and appealing image of his sitter. The portrait depicts Mrs. White seated with her arm draped over a chair, looking off into the distance. Her elegant dress is painted with great detail, showcasing Sargent’s ability to capture textures realistically.
Sargent was known for his abilities as a portrait painter, often commissioned by high society figures around Europe and America during the late 19th century. His work showed influences from both Impressionism and Realism movements, blending loose brushwork with realistic details. This particular portrait remains one of his most popular works due to its striking portrayal of beauty and elegance.