Madame Edouard Pailleron 
John Singer Sargent -- American painter  
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC 
Oil on canvas 
208.3 x 100.4 cm (82 x 39 1/2 in.) 
Gallery Fund and Gifts of Katherine McCook Knox,  
John A. Nevius and Mr. and Mrs. Landsell K. Christies 

This is Sargent's first full length portrait. Notice the change of focus of the grass around her face compared to the trees and stone railing of the Madame Pailleron's parents country estate at Ronjoux, Chambéry, Savoy in the south of France where this was painted.

In 1880 Sargent showed this painting along with the subject painting Fumée d'Ambre Gris at the Paris salon.  

The autumn setting with the yellow fallen leafs and wild flowers gives this a more unusual look for this formal portrait. Sargent had been lucky in patrons. The Paillerons were open to a more artistic interpretation of portraiture. The sitter was born born Marie Buloz (1840-1913). Her father was the editor of the journal Revue des Deux Mondes and her husband was a successful  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 Sargent's painting

James Jacques  Joseph Tissot

John Singer Sargent
Madame Edouard Pailleron  

Photo as it hangs in the  Corcoran 
Madame Edouard Pailleron (study) 



John Singer Sargent, An Exhibition -- Whitney Museum, NY & The Art Institute of Chicago 1986-1987

Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer
 French painter (1865-1953)

Madame Edouard Pailleron
Study for a portrait of
Madame Edouard Pailleron
(not dated but well after 1879?)

Created 2000