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Lady with the Rose (Charlotte Louise Burckhardt)

Artist:
John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)
Date:
1882
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
84 x 44 3/4 in. (213.4 x 113.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of Valerie B. Hadden, 1932
Accession Number:
32.154
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 771
Sargent’s sitter for this portrait was the twenty-year-old daughter of a Swiss merchant and his American wife, members of the artist’s cosmopolitan circle in Paris. The monochromatic palette, shallow space, and emphasis on the figure’s silhouette pay tribute to the Spanish master Diego Velázquez, whose work Sargent’s Parisian teacher, Carolus-Duran, had encouraged him to study. Sargent exhibited the portrait to great acclaim at the Paris Salon of 1882. In the words of the novelist Henry James, it offered “the slightly ‘uncanny’ spectacle of a talent which on the very threshold of its career has nothing more to learn.”
Signature: [at lower left]: To my friend Mrs. Burckhardt / John S. Sargent 1882
Mary Elizabeth Burckhardt, Paris, 1882–died 1899; her daughter, Valerie (Mrs. Harold Hadden), New York, by 1908–1932
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