Date: 15 Oct 2001
. . .Here are two images of [Mrs. Charles Russell 1900], the first file [upper left] is scaned from "Sargent" by Kilmurray and Ormond (editors) 1998, page 155. The second [upper right] is the picture I took from my TV screen, captured from video tape "John Singer Sargent - Outsite The Frame" published by WETA Washington, D. C. 2000.
Notice the difference on finger gesture (right hand), smoothness of neck, eye level (one left eye is lower in one painting), and many many more details. Sorry for the pen marks on the painting, which were the differences I noticed on the exhibition day.
The technique he used on painting the ring, are both typical of Sargent's, it is no question that both paintings was done by Sargent, and the more smooth skin and more characteristic feature one (painting on video tape) must be the final version. . . The image in the video is only the top third, it was that way from the video.
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How about just the color of her dress
sleeve? I don't know. The video image is rather poor. The exposures
are obviously different so its hard to compare. I sort of see what you
mean in the fingers. You have seen this painting in person, and have
studied it closely. I haven't. Your point is noted. Let's see if
others have seen what you saw.
You are amazing! I just got a letter -- just today -- just an hour or so ago -- from Cristina. She's over in Switzerland (I think). Anyway, she was asking about Sargent painting in Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, and low-and-behold I found a copy of Mrs. Charles Russell. From their website write-up it seems to imply that the painting, although signed by Sargent, was not painted by Sargent! I don't know. We should write them and ask. What do you think?
Without doubt, your tirelessness effort has reveal another copy of Mrs Charles Russell by Sargent.
I am convienced the copy at Madrid is yet another painting by the artist, not only by the reputation of Baronese Carman Thyssen-Bornemisza and the museum's statement as "autograph copy", but also from the painting's many expressive strokes, showing confidence of the artist and without any hesitation.
Attached is the comparison chart [added above]. I'd like you to pay attention on the "right hand" of each painting, particular the curvature of the fingers and the catalog's copy showing more of a portion of the ring finger.
from left to right: Madrid's Catalog's Washington DC's
Keep up your good work.
By: Natasha Wallace
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