John Singer Sargent (1856 – 1925)
John Singer Sargent was an American painter, and a leading portrait painter of his era. During his career, he created roughly 900 oil paintings and more than 2,000 watercolors, as well as countless sketches and charcoal drawings.
An attempt to study at the Academy of Florence failed as the school was re-organizing at the time, so after returning to Paris from Florence, Sargent began his art studies with Carolus-Duran.
He had a meteoric rise and noted for his bold technique and modern teaching methods. Sargent’s first major portrait was of his friend Fanny Watts in 1877, which was also his first Salon admission.