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John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent

Artist: John Singer Sargent

Dates: 12 January 1856 – 14 April 1925

Nationality: American

Title of Piece: Fumee d’Ambre Gris

Fumee d'Ambre Gris by John Singer Sargent

Fumee d’Ambre Gris by John Singer Sargent

Brief Biography: Sargent was considered a leading portrait painter of the American Renaissance for his depictions of Edwardian luxury.  He was American by nationality but was born in Italy and lived most of his life in Europe. In the 1880’s he regularly exhibited his portraits at the Salon. Outwardly, Sargent was a lifelong bachelor and he kept his personal life deeply private but scholars argue to this day on his sexual identity with reference to his art’s sensuality.