John Singer Sargent
"I do not judge, I only chronicle."
The premiere portraitist of his generation, John Singer Sargent was well-known for his depictions of high society figures in Paris, London, and New York.
He updated a centuries-old tradition by using vibrant Impressionistic brushstrokes and untraditional compositional solutions in order to capture his sitters' character and even reputation. Sargent's pursuits were not limited to portraiture but also beautiful and impressionistic landscapes, executed en plein air alongside his friend and fellow artist Claude Monet.
He also painted official murals commissioned by governmental officials both in the United States and the United Kingdom as well as a good number of nude sketches probably meant as personal works.