New on View: John Singer Sargent’s Portrait of Charlotte Cram

New on View: John Singer Sargent’s Portrait of Charlotte Cram


John Singer Sargent is really considered one of the best American portraitists one of the best painters even in American art history. We just recently purchased a fabulous painting a Portrait of Charlotte Cram, by John Singer Sargent. One of the great things about a Sargent portrait is that you encounter the very first thing is his ability to paint. It’s this confident ability to know exactly where to place a brushstroke that then translates into a bowtie or a hand or ribbon. And particularly with his children’s portraits, we get a real sense of who these children are. And Sargent really captures this, this moment of childhood for them. So, you know, Charlotte has got her hands sort of, pushing against that chair. She’s trying really hard to sit still. Then we come up into her face and we really get a sense of her. She’s a little shy. She kind of turning just a little bit, right? But she’s so accessible and she’s so there. And really for me, it’s that she brings this sense of life. I think we found exactly the right painting for this collection.

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