Lady with the Rose (Charlotte Louise Burckhardt) by John Singer Sargent by myamphigory
February 9, 2009, 12:01 am
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Lady with the Rose (Charlotte Louise Burckhardt)

Lady with the Rose (Charlotte Louise Burckhardt)

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), artist, was born in Florence to American parents and spent the majority of his life in Europe. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts while also taking instruction from Léon Bonnat and Carolus-Duran (the latter of whom influenced Sargent’s decision to become a portraitist). His most famous works include El Jaleo, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, and the controversial Portrait of Madame X. Though primarily known for his portraits, Sargent also executed a number of landscapes in his later years (as well as watercolors, charcoal drawings, etc.), as well as a set of murals for the Boston Public Library and a set of war paintings, including Gassed, for the British Ministry of Information during WWI.

Charlotte Louise Burckhardt (1862-1892) was the subject of several Sargent portraits. The coloring of the portrait is reminscent of the work of Velazquez (a resemblance commented on by Henry James), which Sargent had studied while visiting Spain in 1879. (The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit shows an even stronger Velazquez influence.) While Sargent and Louise were romantically involved during the painting of this portrait, the relationship did not last; she married Alfred Roger Ackerly in 1889 and died shortly thereafter of tuberculosis. (Fun fact: by a later marriage, Ackerly was the father of author and playwright JR Ackerley, who wrote Hindoo Holiday and My Father and Myself).


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I think he was born in Venezia

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