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Paul Helleu

John Singer Sargent American

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Sargent formed a lifelong friendship with French painter Paul Helleu (1859–1927), whom he met while studying in Paris. Sargent commemorated their friendship in multiple images. This portrait is a very rare example of Sargent’s work in pastel, a medium that Helleu favored and may have encouraged Sargent to try. Sargent was devoted to his friend and often tried to advance his career. Helleu later told his daughter that Sargent "has been like a father to me throughout my life."

Paul Helleu, John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London), Pastel on brown wove paper, American

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