ca. 1883-84
American
oil on canvas
Unframed: 18 3/4 × 15 1/2 in. (47.63 × 39.37 cm)
Framed: 31 3/4 × 27 1/8 × 4 1/4 in. (80.65 × 68.9 × 10.8 cm)
L2015.13.48
 Smoothly blended passages meet sharp articulations in this keenly rendered portrait of the Chilean-born Eugenia Errazuriz. Sargent met Errazuriz in Paris in 1880 or 1881, and she quickly became one of a handful of sitters whom the artist rendered freely, without the stylistic constraints of commissioned portraiture. An artist and patron herself, Errazuriz enjoyed an impressive social presence among European art circles, befriending such luminaries as Walter Sickert, Igor Stravinsky, Jean Cocteau, and Pablo Picasso. Sargent returned to the subject of Errazuriz several times; a slightly larger and earlier version of this painting is inscribed, “Souvenir de John S. Sargent,” suggesting the cordial relationship between sitter and painter.
James W. and Frances Gibson McGlothlin Collection
Ormond/Kilmurray: no. 70.
"The Real Beauty: The Artistic World of Eugenia Errazuriz," Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee (28 January-8 April 2018).

"John Singer Sargent," Michael Altman Fine Art & Advisory Services, New York (24 October - 6 December 2013): no. 40.

"American Art from the McGlothlin Collection" Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (1 May - 18 July 2010).

"Capturing Beauty: American Impressionist & Realist Paintings from the McGlothlin Collection," Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (19 May-18 September, 2005).

Pierotti, Julie. Real Beauty: The Artistic World of Eugenia Errázuriz. Memphis, TN: Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 2018. (cat. 7, p. 25).

Ormond, Richard, and Elaine Kilmurray. Sargent: Portrait of Artists and Friends. (London: National Portrait Gallery, 2015): p. 58-59, no. 15 (incorrect image reproduced).

Rawles, Susan J. and Christopher C. Oliver. The James W. and Frances Gibson McGlothlin Collection of American Art, A Promise Fulfilled (Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2015): pp. 34-35.

Yount, Sylvia. Private Passion, Public Promise, The James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Collection of American Art (Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2010): ill. p. 48.

Curry, David Park. Capturing Beauty: American Impressionist & Realist Paintings from the McGlothlin Collection (Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2005): pp. 12-13, cover.

Ormond, Richard, and Elaine Kilmurray. The John Singer Sargent Catalogue Raisonné: The Early Portraits, vol. 1 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998): no. 70.

Ormond, Richard. John Singer Sargent, Paintings, Drawings and Watercolors (London: Phaidon Press, 1970): p. 19.

Jullian, Philippe, "The Lady from Chile," Apollo, 89 (April 1969): p. 265, fig. 3.

McKibbin, David. Sargent's Boston (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1956): p. 94.

Mount, Charles Merrill. John Singer Sargent (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1955): p. 82, 429.

Charteris, Sir Evan. John Sargent (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1927): p. 258.

Downes, William Howe. John S. Sargent, His Life and Work (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1925): p. 136.

Pousette-Dart, Nathaniel. Distinguished American Artists: John Singer Sargent (New York: Frederick A. Stokes Co., 1924): ill. n.p.

"Passing Events," Art Journal (1903): p. 253.

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