John Singer Sargent's Luxembourg Gardens at Twilight
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 Luxembourg Gardens at Twilight 
John Singer Sargent -- American painter  
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts 
Oil on canvas  
29 x 36 1/2 in.  
Gift of Mrs. C.C. Bovey and Mrs. C.D. Velie 
Jpg: Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Within the Luxembourg Gardens looking towards the dome of the Panthéon in the background.  

The inscription at the bottom is partly cut off by the  image but it reads: "To my friend McKim John S Sargent." This was Charles Follen McKim who would form McKim, Mead and White, the architectural firm who would work with Sargent in 1890 on the Boston Public Library murals.  

It's possible that McKim met Sargent the previous year when he traveled to Paris for the Paris Exposition of 1878.  

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See also 
In the Luxembourg Gardens