John Singer Sargent Miss Priestley c.1889

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Title
Miss Priestley
Date c.1889
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 914 x 635 mm
frame: 1140 x 853 x 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Miss Emily Sargent in memory of her brother through the Art Fund 1929
Reference
N04465
Not on display

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By the early 1890s Sargent’s dazzlingly fluid style was taking London by storm. This portrait of his friend, Miss Flora Priestley, is typical of the vitality and glamour that Sargent brought to portraiture, as well as his ability to record figures with a few vigorous brush strokes. Miss Priestley exemplifies the dark, striking physical type that appeared in Sargent’s work throughout his career. The stark contrast of her black hair with the whiteness of her face is accentuated by the muddy green of the dress and background. Equally dramatic is the scarlet red of her lips matched by the flowers at her chest.

August 2004

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