Who doesn’t stand in wonder in front of a John Singer Sargent painting? If you have never had this experience, I would recommend it. He was one of the foremost American portrait painters of the 19th and early 20th century and I would classify him as the best! He excelled at making his fluid paint strokes appear effortless. Each stroke is in the right place with the right color and value. My daughter and I were at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston one day shortly after the new American Wing opened standing in front of the painting by Sargent entited, Mrs. Fiske Warren and her Daughter Rachel. As we stood in front of it gazing at the genius of his painting, we decided that just like the art students of old, we would attempt to understand John Singer Sargent’s painting techniques a little better by attempting to reconstruct a sections of this painting and several others: Lady Agnew, The Daughters of Edward D. Boit, and Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, The Oyster Gatherers of Cancale. We selected some interesting passages and attempted to duplicate. It is a terrific way to learn! You can view the gallery of our work in the gallery sub page.