The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City just opened an exhibition centered on one of our favorite artists of all time, John Singer Sargent. Sargent: Portrait of Artists and Friends explores a unique artistic side of the renowned golden age society portraitist, who was active on both sides of the Atlantic during his long and illustrious career.
Sought after by the leading figures of the day to immortalize their friends and family on canvas, Sargent was only able to express his inner creativity to a certain extent when working under commission, as he was paid (a lot) to please his stuffy and conservative clients.
Throughout his career, however, he was able to push artistic boundaries and techniques by painting his inner circle in numerous countries, which included artists Monet, Renoir, writer Robert Louis Stevenson and Boston society rebel/diva, Isabella Stewart Gardner, whose famed portrait left her namesake museum to be on view for this exhibition.
The show features 90 unique works, and was organized by the National Portrait Gallery in London in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art. After debuting in London this spring, the exhibit is now on view in New York through October 4.