How Will You Proceed Mr. Sargent?

Article by Darren Rousar. Most recently updated in February of 2019.

pulitzer-and-sargentOn the left, a detail of Sargent’s portrait of Joseph Pulitzer. On the right, a detail of Sargent’s self portrait.

In 1905 John Singer Sargent was commissioned to paint the portrait of Joseph Pulitzer. The sittings would take place in Sargent’s Tite Street studio in London. By this time in his career, Sargent had tired of portraiture. To make matters worse, Pulitzer was irascible. He was also blind.

Before commencing the portrait, Pulitzer asked Sargent how he would proceed.

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