The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit painted by John Singer Sargent in Paris in the autumn of 1882, is an homage to Diego Velázquez’ 1656 painting Las Meninas and a reproduction of the likeness of the daughters of Edward Darley and Mary Louisa Cushing Boit, the former a Bostonian expatriate lawyer living in Paris, the latter a socialite of old money. Arranging the Boit’s four daughters in the foyer of their luxurious Paris apartment, Sargent presents each of their girls within their own personal space and with room to establish their individuality. The family supported Sargent’s goal of creating a more unusual portrait, one that would be half portrait and interior tableau, forging a visual style that is both traditional and modern. Inspired perhaps by his contemporary, the painter Edgar Degas, Sargent employed an asymmetrical composition with a bare space in the center that Degas utilized to impart a feeling of modern life interrupted, the frame struggling only to surround the image rather than to capture it. This effect is heightened by the positioning of the girls – in an entrance hall, a space neither public nor private.
Velázquez’ Las Meninas is a dominant influence. This enigmatic painting, the high water-mark of the Spanish Golden Age, toyed with the appearance of reality and the creation of illusion, and brokered an uncertain relationship between subject and viewer. This complex painting has been much analysed, and features the daughter of the King of Spain surrounded by her retinue, all huddled together and oblivious to the artist. Sargent’s The Daughters Of Edward Darley Boit also demonstrates many of the refined tools of figurative reproduction that would culminate in the artist’s Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose painted between 1885 and 1886 and coinciding with a period in which Sargent, usually a society figure, withdrew from public life after the scandal of his Portrait of Madame X.
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