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Part of The American Wing
John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)
Date: 1907Accession Number: 50.130.15
Theodore Robinson (1852–1896)
Date: 1893Accession Number: 2011.118
Willard Metcalf (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1858–1925 New York)
Date: 1923Accession Number: 24.60
Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American, Dublin 1848–1907 Cornish, New Hampshire)
Date: 1886Accession Number: 2003.303
Julian Alden Weir (American, West Point, New York 1852–1919 New York)
Date: 1895Accession Number: 14.141
John Quincy Adams Ward (American, Urbana, Ohio 1830–1910 New York)
Date: 1891; cast after 1910Accession Number: 17.90.4
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Having met Claude Monet in Paris, probably in 1876, the expatriate John Singer Sargent was inspired to experiment with Impressionism. Throughout his successful career as a portraitist headquartered in London (as evidenced in 771), Sargent would always refresh his studio work by painting out of doors in both oils and watercolors. By 1887 several other American artists had been attracted to Giverny, on the Seine about fifty miles northwest of Paris, initially by its charm and then by the presence of Monet, who had settled in the village in May 1883 (Sargent also called on Monet there in the 1880s). Theodore Robinson became the leader of the American Giverny group, first visiting in 1885 and spending months there annually from 1887 until 1892. Back in the United States, Robinson and Childe Hassam shared their enthusiasm for French Impressionism with their American colleagues, including John H. Twachtman and J. Alden Weir, who became converts to the style.
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