John Singer Sargent concluded the provocative painting Nude Egyptian Girl, also known as Life Study in 1891. The painter was renowned for his portraits and had an extensive amount of commissions to fulfill each year. Ultimately, Sargent grew tired of only working with one style of painting and moved to other kinds of projects, including painting a mural for the Boston Public Library, among other mural commissions. The theme of the Boston mural was the history of religion, and because of this, Sargent traveled to Egypt searching for inspiration and reference material. During this period, the artist also went to Greece and Turkey.
During this trip to Cairo, Sargent painted Nude Egyptian Girl and as a reflex of his classical training, only finished the full-length version in his studio. He manipulated the complicated posture of the model, which throws her weight on her right foot, but turns her torso to the left. Her face can be seen from its side, and she timidly looks down at her hands while finishing a single long braid on her brown hair. Although very delicate, her face has strong features; a large nose, full lips, and thick eyebrows, as well as bushy dark bangs that cover her forehead.
Sargent carefully positions the model’s hands in a delicate position and turns her torso so that part of her breast shows. Her back is against the light, and the background holds a dark shadow, having the light shining mostly on her arm and legs. The attention to anatomy is precise, although he bends her legs a little, so to perfect her position and posture. The girl’s left leg is a step forward from her right, which holds her weight. Her skin is painted like it was golden porcelain, also a characteristic inherited from the Classic masters.
The background is a mixture of dark and light brown with hints of ochre and yellow. The light source comes in from the left side, and a large shadow is cast starting from her feet and getting darker at her torso, while a secondary light shines on the top area of the canvas. Sargent was a Realist artist who was praised by the Paris Salon for his portraits but wasn’t afraid to experiment with modern painting techniques and subjects.
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