John Singer Sargent portrayed Rosina Ferrara in the artwork simply entitled Rosina in 1878. The Italian model became the artist’s muse as her exotic beauty was captivating. The model was painted by many other artists of the time like George Randolph Barse – who she married – Frank Hyde, and Charles Sprague Pearce. The New York City’s Adelson Galleries featured Ferrara in the 2003 exhibit called “Sargent’s Women.” She can be seen in other works by Sargent, like A Capriote, Capri, and Study of Rosina Ferrara.
The artist had just begun showing his work at the Paris Salon a year earlier and was acclaimed by the critics. Sargent was most well known for his portrait paintings, as he was able to give true life to his subjects, but with a dramatic and distant effect. The painter was profoundly influenced by the Baroque style of portraiture, especially the work of Diego Velazquez. In 1879 he even traveled throughout Europe to study the art of ancient masters and copy their work. Sargent had learned with his teacher in Paris, named Carolus-Duran, how to break with the rigorous techniques of the classic masters and paint a bit more freely – something that Sargent applied in his career and enabled him to develop a unique style of painting.
The portrait Rosina has a higher viewpoint than traditional portrait paintings. Ferrara’s body is turned to the left side of the canvas, and she is facing the viewer with a smile. Her posture is relaxed, and she rests her hand on her hip as if caught by surprise by a click of a camera. The lighting shines opposing her face, thus creating a dark shadow on it. Her dark hair also covers part of her face, making her eyes not as visible and highlighting her smile. Sargent carefully depicts the glimmer of light shining on her large earing, which pops from the dark area of her neck.
The model seems to be carrying onions on her right shoulder, having them tied to one another. She is wearing a white shirt with large puffy sleeves, a salmon colored skirt and has a brown fabric with green and yellow stripes tied around her waist. The background is light gray on the bottom part of the canvas, while the top is orange and gradually turns into a dark blue near her head, giving a mysterious atmosphere to Ferrara’s presence.
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