Portrait of Norah Gribble

Title

Portrait of Norah Gribble

Subject

Virginia
Art

Description

This evocative piece by Sargent, one of the greatest portrait artists in American history, is among his largest full-length portraits. He won praise and critical acclaim for his looser approach to brushstrokes and ability to to reveal the psychology of his sitters. Sargent's Paris studio flourished in the late 1880s until he exhibited the scandalous and widely criticized portrait Madame X, a work he later sold for £1,000 to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1916. The tumult drove him out of France and into Britain, where he established a prosperous studio as a portrait painter for wealthy, elite patrons from England and the United States. The portrait of Norah Gribble (a London based socialite in her early 20s) is particularly notable for its massive scale, lifelike quality, and her alluring glance at the viewer. During Sargent's career, he painted some 900 oil paintings and more than 2,000 sketches and charcoal drawings.
Second picture: Detail showing evidence, in the shine of the varnish, of the original frontal pose

Creator

John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925)

Rights

http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-EDU/1.0/

Format

image/jpeg

Type

Image

Identifier

TAU_ART_000123
2000.021

Date Created

1888

Is Part Of

Taubman Museum of Art

Medium

painting (visual works)
oil on canvas

Provenance

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. University Libraries
Taubman Museum of Art (Repository)
Acquired with fund provided by the Horace G. Fralin Charitable Trust

Files

TAU_ART_000123_0002.jpg
TAU_ART_000123_0010.jpg

Tags

Citation

John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925), “Portrait of Norah Gribble,” Southwest Virginia Digital Library, accessed September 16, 2019, http://di.lib.vt.edu/items/show/947.