Madame Escudier

Sargent painted many members of Parisian high society, among them Louise Lefèvre Escudier. In this informal portrait, she is shown close-up, her direct gaze, tilted head, and slight smile suggesting a lively personality. Her copper-colored hair is accentuated by the deep blue background. The gleaming pin, just a dash of white paint against her fashionable black dress, reveals the confident movement of Sargent’s brush.


Louise Lefevre Escudier (1861-1950), Paris; Probably Henry (1848-1929) and Madeline (née Escudier, 1856-1937) Lerolle, Paris (sold to Knoedler, 20 May 1925); [M. Knoedler & Co., Paris, sold to Clark, 22 June 1925]; Robert Sterling Clark (1925-1955); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955. 

John Singer Sargent

American, 1856–1925

Madame Escudier

c. 1883

Oil on canvas

28 3/4 x 23 1/2 in. (73 x 59.7 cm) Frame: 39 x 33 5/8 x 5 1/4 in. (99.1 x 85.4 x 13.3 cm)

Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1925




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