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John Singer Sargent painted the artwork initially entitled Nonchaloir, also known as Repose, in 1911, near the end of his life. The woman seen resting on the painting is Rose-Marie Ormond Michel, the painter’s niece. Sargent used a warm color palette to create a cozy environment where the spectator can feel as comfortable as the model.
The artist began his career early, as his parent encouraged his artistic practice since he was a child. Sargent’s talent quickly blossomed as his father sent him to study in the art academy of Paris. El Greco, Diego Velazquez, and Van Dyck were just a few of his most significant influences, and the artist even traveled in Europe to study their art more profoundly. After becoming the student of Carolus Duran, Sargent slowly began to release the strict rules of the academies, allowing himself to work more freely and rely on his instincts.
The Paris Salon was very proud of the painter’s work, especially the portrait paintings he submitted to the annual art show – he even was awarded honorable mention for his work entitled Carolus-Duran. After this exhibit, his fame grew as a portrait artist, and he received numerous commissions for paintings of noble and high-class people. After a period of dedicating all of his time to concluding portraits, the artist eventually felt the urge to move to new projects and themes. In 1909, because of his growing interest in modern techniques, and after the tragic death of his mother – who was a watercolor painter – Sargent ultimately stopped producing conventional portraits.
The artwork Nonchaloir depicts Michel wrapped in expensive fabrics and laying on a couch. The model is fast asleep with her head falls back on the cushion, and her hands still keep her fingers laced, as if she fell asleep while waiting for something. She wears a long light and ornamented gown, shaded with pigments of green and brown. The surroundings are highly decorated, like most of his traditional portraits, but because of the expressive and visible brush strokes, along with the pose and situation of the sitter, this painting has a very modern atmosphere. The dramatic lighting and realistic aspects of this artwork are reminiscent of the Baroque influence; something Sargent continues inserting in some of his artworks until the end of his career, despite his modern influences.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Nonchaloir (or Repose), you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Nonchaloir (or Repose) that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
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