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Life Study (Study of an Egyptian Girl)

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1891

Artist:

John Singer Sargent
American, 1856–1925

About this artwork

John Singer Sargent traveled to Egypt in 1891 in search of source material for a mural commission for the Boston Public Library. Like many 19th-century Western European artists, he was drawn to the Middle East by the region’s perceived exoticism and its ancient histories. The identity of the woman who posed in Cairo for this full-length figure study is not known. She assumes a complicated posture, placing her weight on her right foot while twisting her upper body to the left. Instead of using the bravura painterly style of swift, visible brushstrokes that characterizes his society portraits, Sargent returned to his academic training, carefully modeling the human form and a range of flesh tones. Life Study was widely exhibited, including at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.

Status

On View, Gallery 175

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

John Singer Sargent

Title

Life Study (Study of an Egyptian Girl)

Origin

Egypt

Date

1891

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, upper right: "John S. Sargent"

Dimensions

190.5 × 61 cm (75 × 24 in.)

Credit Line

Anonymous loan

Reference Number

82.1972

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