Millicent Duchess Of Sutherland by Italian Born American Painter John Singer Sargent (1856 – 1925); considered to bethe leading portrait painter of his generation.
Millicent Duchess Of Sutherland born Millicent Saint Clair Erskine (1867 – 1955); was the eldest daughter of the fourth Earl of Rosslin and Blanche Fitzroy.
When she was 17 years old, she married Cromartie Sutherland Leveson-Gower, who inherited the title of Duke of Sutherland in 1892.
This painting of the Duchess shows her standing by a large black marble pedestal basin in a garden, wearing an off shoulder green silk dress with floral patterns, as the sun illuminates her from the right.
Millicent Duchess Of Sutherland is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.
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John Singer Sargent was an American expatriate artist, considered the “leading portrait painter of his generation” for his evocations of Edwardian-era luxury.
He created roughly 900 oil paintings and more than 2,000 watercolors, as well as countless sketches and charcoal drawings.
His oeuvre documents worldwide travel, from Venice to the Tyrol, Corfu, the Middle East, Montana, Maine, and Florida.
Born in Florence to American parents, he was trained in Paris before moving to London, living most of his life in Europe.
In the 1880s he made an early submission to the Paris Salon of his Madame X Portait c1884, which the intent of consolidating his position as a society painter in Paris; but instead the painting resulted in a scandal.
The Madame X Portrait was of a leading Socialite, Madame Pierre Gautreau dressed in a black plunging neck evening dress with gold diamond chain shoulder straps, that tightly caressed her waist. (Follow this link to view the Madame X Portrait.)
For the times, it suggusted to many Parisians, an indiscreet posing in revealing attire and provoked a storm of outrage, forcing Sargent to leave the country.
The following year Sargent departed for England where he continued a successful career as a portrait artist; and enjoyed international acclaim as a portrait painter.
From the beginning, Sargent’s work wass characterized by remarkable technical facility, particularly in his ability to draw with a brush; which in later years inspired admiration as well as criticism for a supposed superficiality.
His commissioned works were consistent with the grand manner of portraiture, while his informal studies and landscape paintings displayed a familiarity with Impressionism.
In later life Sargent expressed ambivalence about the restrictions of formal portrait work, and devoted much of his energy to mural painting and working en plein air.