SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF ART
The San Diego Museum of Art acquired a circa 1892 painting by John Singer Sargent titled Portrait of John Alfred Parsons Millet, which depicts a small child in a playful, relaxed pose. The piece was purchased by the museum from a private collection with funds from the Jack Thomas Family Charitable Fund in memory of Patricia B. Thomas; Toni Bloomberg; Gene and Taffin Ray; Sheryl and Harvey White; and Mrs. John Burnham by exchange. Sargent’s portrait illustrates his skill in portraying the personal qualities of children rather than rendering them more formally as smaller-scale adults. His flair and connection to the children enhances the viewing experience and connections made to the piece. This is the first work by Sargent to be featured at the museum, strengthening the collection of portraits.
Sargent is noted for his portraits of impressionist brushwork and color contrast, making him unparalleled in his day. “The museum has acquired works by many important portraitists throughout time, yet one of the great American painters of the genre was absent,” says Roxana Velásquez, Maruja Baldwin Executive Director of the San Diego Museum of Art. “With the acquisition of Sargent’s Portrait of John Alfred Parsons Millet, we dramatically enhance our ability to present the full story of portraiture and American art.”
The painting now hangs alongside portraits by Thomas Eakins and Robert Henri, adding a personal touch of detail and intimacy.
John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), John Alfred Parsons Millet, ca. 1892. Oil on canvas, 36¼ x 241⁄8 in. Museum purchase with funds from The Jack Thomas Family Charitable Fund in memory of Patricia B. Thomas; Toni Bloomberg; Gene and Taffin Ray; Sheryl...