It was the inimitable Edwardian era, abounding in innovations and contradictions. The airplane was being invented, providing new possibilities for travel and technology. Advances such as an improved understanding of malaria were being recognized with Nobel Prizes. Alas, the ladies were still wearing those not-so-comfy corsets; thus, some advances had yet to be achieved. A glimpse into the aristocratic life of the age is afforded by the clarity with which John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) defined the refinement of his sophisticated subjects. Sargent’s works, whether portrait, figurative, or landscape, have an uncommon élan vital that draws a viewer into the scene.
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