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  1. Introduction
  2. The painting
  3. Texture's concept
  4. The social situation
  5. The work of Sargent
  6. Conclusion

John Singer Sargent was born in January 12, 1856 and was the most successful painter of his era. Sargent was born to American parents in Florence, Italy. Her mother was an amateur artist while his father practiced illustration of medicines. It was through her mother's encouragements and support drawing excursions and sketchbooks that perfected him. He worked carefully at an early age on his drawings and copied ship images from the illustrated London news. At thirteen, a German landscape painter taught him the use of watercolor. From that time, he grew up to be an accomplished in music, art, and literature. By seventeen, he was well accustomed to expansive masters of painting. He dealt majorly on portrait paintings, but he was also skilled in painting landscape and the use of watercolor (Joselit 65). He also went to study in Germany and Italy and later in Paris under Auguste Emile. Sargent also studied with Emile, whose influence changed his artistic life from 1874 to 1878. In 1879, his effort in painting the portrait of his teacher, Emile was met with approval by the public, and this gave him the future direction. He created more than two thousand watercolors, nine hundred oil paintings and countless charcoal drawings and sketches.

In 1877, Sargent had a successful exhibition at the Paris salon. His travels to Holland and Spain to study fans Hals and Velazquez, visits to North Africa and Brittany inspired him in paintings. After the controversy of ?Madame X,? painting Sargent moved to London where he had several commissions. In 1880, he tried to make up a client site in London and so experimented with landscaping and impressionism (Joselit 77). He incorporated the styles and elements of Monet and Manet in his work. By eighteen nineties, Sargent was the preferred portraitist of representation elites. As he entered sixties, he moved to landscaping turning away from trendy portraiture. Sargent never married and died in 1925. Exhibitions in recognition of his life were mounted the same year in London, Boston, and New York.

[...] Nude Study of Thomas E. Mckeller" by John Singer Sargent John Singer Sargent was born in January and was the most successful painter of his era. Sargent was born to American parents in Florence, Italy. Her mother was an amateur artist while his father practiced illustration of medicines. It was through her mother's encouragements and support drawing excursions and sketchbooks that perfected him. He worked carefully at an early age on his drawings and copied ship images from the illustrated London news. [...]


[...] The social situation that the image presented is that of an independent inner life because Thomas motives and the use of the portrait are unknown. The figure's personality in the image is relaxed and wane from the posture of the body and head. Thomas head is tilted sideways gazing up with his facial expression calm and inviting. In this portrait, the impact of background is questioning due to the fact that it is not elaborate. The surroundings suggest a sense of timelessness and heavens. [...]


[...] There is also cross lines and irregular lines behind the body of Thomas showing a theme of indecision accompanied with solemn background. He made use of the three tones of Clair obscure. The white, gray, and black give the portrait its size and shape. Drawing expression as a basic means of explaining paintings is well catered for by the use of these tones. He applied the tones to make the background texture vivid and create the visual scene where the painting was done. [...]

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