Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Cashmere by John Singer Sargent

Sammons brokered the sale of John Singer Sargent’s painting Cashmere (pictured) to the Bill Gates Foundation for a record-breaking £6.7 million in 1996, and became a trusted confidant both to aristocratic families and to many of the world’s most discreetly well-heeled collectors
Cashmere  
John Singer Sargent 
American painter  
1908
Bill Gates collection 
27 1/2 42 1/2 in. 

Cashmere is an oil on canvas painting by an American artist and the leading portrait painter John Singer Sargent. It was completed in c.1908 and is based on Realism style by use of painting genre. The dimensions of the painting is 71.1 by 109.2 centimeters.
It is a painting of Sargent's niece, Reine Ormond, in an exotic cashmere shawl in seven different poses. Reine would have been about 11 years old. It was painted by Sargent when he was on holiday in the Italian Alps.

"On Good Friday Sargent was informed of the death of his niece, Madame Rose Marie Michel, killed in the German bombardment of the church of St Gervais" Stanly Olson. More

John Singer Sargent (January 12, 1856 – April 14, 1925) was the most successful portrait painter of his era, as well as a gifted landscape painter and watercolorist. Sargent was born in Florence, Italy to American parents.

Sargent studied in Italy and Germany, and then in Paris under Emile Auguste Carolus-Duran.