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Judith Gautier (A Gust of Wind)

John Singer Sargent American

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Sargent often painted his most experimental works for friends, like Judith Gautier (1845–1917), who were receptive to an unconventional point of view. This small-scale, ravishing study of Gautier standing against a cerulean sky is one of Sargent’s most daring compositions. Here, Sargent concentrates on the effects of light outdoors. Freely painted and boldly abbreviated, the painting suggests the influence of Impressionist Claude Monet, whom Sargent had befriended in Paris in the 1870s.

Judith Gautier (A Gust of Wind), John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London), Oil on canvas, American

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