Tuesday, October 29, 2019

John Singer Sargent - "Portrait of Ena Wetheimer: A Vele Gonfie"

"Portrait of Ena Wetheimer: A Vele Gonfie" • John Singer Sargent • 1905 
• Oil on Canvas • 1630 x 1080 mm

This portrait by John Singer Sargent at the Tate in London makes me very happy. It's obvious from the informality of the sitter, Ena Wertheimer, that she and Sargent had become good friends. At the time, Sargent had been commissioned by the Wertheimer family to create a series of twelve portraits, and this one appears to be just for fun. 

Not only is Ena genuinely smiling, but she is wearing the uniform of the Order of the Garter of the British monarchy. At the time the Order only admitted men, apart from the queen - a playful jab at the world order. 

Look at the energy of the brushstrokes in the face. This was almost certainly painted in one session, and Sargent clearly had a lot of fun with it.

Photos by Kimberly at Saunders Fine Arts.

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