Woman with Furs

The young woman in this painting is fashionably dressed in warm furs and a large hat, silhouetted against a snowy landscape. Sargent’s vigorous handling of the paint and the woman’s slightly forward-leaning posture enhance the suggestion of movement. The inscription tells us that the artist gave this lively picture to Hippolyte de Vergèses, his fellow student in the studio of the French painter Carolus-Duran.


To Hippolyte Vergèses, Paris; to (M. Knoedler & Co., New York); to Robert Sterling Clark, April 29, 1916.

John Singer Sargent

American, 1856–1925

Woman with Furs

c. 1880–85

Oil on canvas

11 5/16 x 8 3/4 in. (28.7 x 22.2 cm)

Acquired by Sterling Clark, 1916




Conrads, Margaret C. American Paintings and Sculpture at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1990.