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An Interior in
John Singer Sargent --
Royal Academy of Arts,
Oil on canvas
63.5 x 78.7 cm (25 x 31 in.)
jpg: Carol Gerten's Fine Art
is of the interior Ballroom of Palazzo Barbaro, on the Grand Canal in
(photo left). It is where Sargent stayed with the Curtises' (Ralph
Curtis and his parents) when he was there.
as well as his friend Ralph (who was himself a painter) must have found
this somewhat amusing, since the way in he painted the people was
and modern at the time. It clearly departed from his more traditional
of his first portrait of her. Sargent love the painting, and he felt so
highly of it that he withdrew his diploma painting Professor
Wolff (thumbnail) which he submitted the previous year at the
Academy and submits this one in its place.
|The younger man on
the left in the
background is Ralph Curtis, the younger woman with him is his newlywed
wife. John painted her again that same year (thumbnail right). The
couple is Ralph's parents. Mrs. Curtis had been painted by Sargent in
first visit to the Barbaro in 1882.
When John gave Mrs.
Curtis this family
portrait as a gift of his appreciation, she hated it, and thought it
unflattering -- making her look years older than she felt (an
that wasn't true by accounts from others). She also found John's
of her son, in the manner in which he stood -- half leaning -- half
on the table -- to be most disrespectful of a gentleman of his standing
in the company of his elders, and she outright refused the painting.
of Mrs. Daniel Sargent Curtis
An Exhibition -- Whitney
Museum, NY & The Art Institute of Chicago 1986-1987
Days: Isabella Stewart Gardner and the Palazzo Barbaro Circle, 2004
and Italy, 2002-2003
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