-- American painter
of Art, Washington DC
100.4 cm (82
x 39 1/2 in.)
of Katherine McCook Knox,
Nevius and Mr.
and Mrs. Landsell K. Christies
This is Sargent's
portrait. Notice the change of focus of the grass around her face
to the trees and stone railing of the Madame Pailleron's parents
estate at Ronjoux, Chambéry, Savoy in the south of France where
this was painted.
In 1880 Sargent showed
along with the subject painting Fumée
Gris at the Paris salon.
The autumn setting
fallen leafs and wild flowers gives this a more unusual look for this
portrait. Sargent had been lucky in patrons. The Paillerons were open
a more artistic interpretation of portraiture. The sitter was born born
Marie Buloz (1840-1913). Her father was the
of the journal Revue des Deux Mondes and her husband was a
dramatist and poet. Still, this wasn't that far out of the vogue of the
time. Some have pointed to contemporarily references which Sargent
might have drawn inspiration such as James Jacques Joseph Tissot's October.
See the work in Juxtaposition with
|John Singer Sargent
as it hangs in the Corcoran
Edouard Pailleron (study)
John Singer Sargent,
An Exhibition -- Whitney
Museum, NY & The Art Institute of Chicago 1986-1987