The Morgan Library is the perfect setting for an exhibition of 60 magnificent portraits executed in charcoal by artist John Singer Sargent. From 1907 onward, the artist ceased painting the full-length portraits in oil which had made him famous. He turned to charcoal drawing to satisfy portrait commissions until his death in 1925.
Sargent’s portraits in charcoal constitute a gallery of sitters drawn from a spectrum of society on both sides of the Atlantic. Most of his subjects were either people he knew personally or the friends and relatives of people who knew him. This aspect of his oeuvre constitutes a vivid visual record of Edwardian Britain and Progressive Era America – an intimate look into the face of the Gilded Age.
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