Fine Arts Center Blog: Thinking Outside the Square
John Singer Sargent, Portrait of Miss Elsie Palmer or Young Lady in White, 1889-1890Oil on canvas, 75 1/8” x 45 1/8”
Each time I visit the FAC, I usually spend a lot of time looking at Elsie Palmer's portrait. Her eyes and her poise is mesmerizing. The artist captured his subject on canvas. I love the colors the artist chose. It was very lifelike; almost as if you were in her parlor to visit. You can see she was well educated, was raised with high standards and extremely privileged. I love the FAC. I always find something new that I havent seen before in each art object. Thanks to the past CEO, Dr. De Marsche, he recreated a fantastic museum and brought it back to life that the Springs will always cherish.
Been looking at this painting for a few years when it was in the off the back porch inside and it's a great painting. Sargent's mastery of stroke and palate is something you can only really appreciate in person and getting your nose close to the individual strokes to see how he pulled it all together. The pleats of her dress are laid down with complete confidence that something so simple can be so convincing and elegant. And even though one eye is bigger than the other it's painterlynessness is it's charm. I love this kind of art. More Sargent, Schmid, Fechin, Silverman Repin please.
According to my knowledge the art looks very realistic.It looks like as though someone has taken a picture of a girl who sitting there but it wont look like it is art. It's just fantastic art with each notable strokes and the colors are so mild and brings peace to mind.-------------------------------------Angel Addiction Recovery ColoradoAddiction Recovery Colorado
It's all very well with the mastery of stroke and palate, the poise, the mesmerising gaze etc. but there is a very palpable uneasiness oozing out of this picture due to the contrast between model and background. I mean, just look at it, what's this weird, dead-looking, dark thing doing as the settings for the sitting of such a girl? - no, no, this is no light portrait for sure.
ABOUT FORTY SIX YEARS AGO I VIEWED THIS MASTERPIECE FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THE ALBRIGHT KNOX GALLERY IN BFLO N.Y. THIS WAS THE PAINTING THAT INSPIRED ME TO TAKE LESSONS. I AM NOW MAKING MY LIVING TEACHING PAINTING IN THE TRADITIONAL MANNER,FROM WHAT I HAVE READ RE: THIS MODEL, HE NOT ONLY CAPTURED HER LIKENESS BUT HER SADNESS AND PERHAPS THAT ACCOUNTS FOR THE DARK MOODY SURROUNDINGS. HARD TO CRITICIZE ANYTHING SARGENT DID. 81 YEAR OLD ARTIST FROM N.Y.STATE
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