Madame Escudier Slider Image 1
Madame Escudier Slider Image 2

John Singer Sargent

American, 1856–1925

Madame Escudier

c. 1883

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.

Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 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)
Object Number 1955.581
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1925
Status On View

Image Caption

John Singer Sargent, Madame Escudier, c. 1883, Oil on canvas. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.581.


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


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.