Mrs. Charles Russel
Oil on canvas
106.5 x 77 cm
"The present painting is an autograph
copy of the painting entitled The Honorable Mrs Charles Russell, painted
by Sargent in 1900 and now in a Californian
private collection. In 1889 the sitter, great-grand-daughter of one
of the founders of the London Daily News, had married the leading lawyer
Sir Charles Russell, famous for winning the case against Oscar Wilde which
led to the poet's imprisonment.
"The mysterious and rather nervy
face of Mrs Russell is characteristic of Sargent's elegant female portraits.
The palette of ochres, silvers and pale pink is rather sober, while the
rapid brushstroke is a characteristic example of Sargent's great skill
Special thanks go to Cristina,
<firstname.lastname@example.org> for telling me about four paintings held at
the Thyssen-Bornemiseza museum.