John Singer Sargent -- American painter
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts
Oil on canvas
21.6 x 26.8 cm (8 1/2 x 10 9/16 in.)
Inscribed, upper right: John S. Sargent
From: Todd Milligan (Canada)
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Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2004
I was wondering what you knew of the Sargent painting completed in 1875 entitled "Resting"?
I just love the image of this lovely woman who looks like she has just found a sunny spot to rest with content. I think the way JSS painted the surroundings is quite unique in that there is really not much to it other than suddenly the painting portrays the woman and emerging talent that JSS possesses with this very early painting.
Apparently there is not much known about the sitter -- or lounger -- or "Rester." It is pretty, isn't it?
Charles Merrill Mount is the one that dates the painting as 1875 but Ormond and Kilmurry (Early Portraits, 1998, p.27) source McKibbin papers and he thought it might have been a painting of Mary Austin. Now if that is the case, and if you look how youthful she is in 1878, the date above might be wrong. Ormond and Kilmurry push the date to a range between 1875 and 1877.
Mary Turner Austin
By: Natasha Wallace
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