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Artist: John Singer Sargent
[expatriate American painter, 1856-1925]

Title: Nonchaloir (Repose)

Date: 1911
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 25 x 30 inches (64 x 76 cm)
Location: National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Image size: 1280 x 1057 poixels, 233 Kbytes
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This gorgeous work was painted in 1911, well after the peak of Sargent's career, after Sargent had essentially given up conventional portraiture altogether, and almost on the eve of World war I, which would deal a fatal blow to the sumptuous lifestyle he documented.

The thing I admire most about Sargent is that his paintings appear so effortless. He doesn't hide every brushstroke, as some painters do. He just daubs it on with great confidence, and it ends up looking like the most natural thing in the world.

In fact it's well worth enlarging this painting to its actual size (see option #3 above), just so that you can appreciate the sheer size of the brushstrokes - for example, the horizontal section of wall immediately above the sofa.
 
 
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