Artist as Director, Portraits as Performance

John Singer Sargent was famous for his portrait commissions, but he didn’t just paint what he saw. He often chose what his sitters wore and didn’t hesitate to alter details. He pinned and draped fabrics to create interesting painterly effects.

Hear more from Erica Hirshler, Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings, about how the artist directed his portraits as performances.