New Ac­qui­si­tion

SAN DIEGO MU­SEUM OF ART

American Fine Art Magazine - - In This Issue -

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...

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