(Ormond and Kilmurray, The Early Portraits, pp 97-98)
Sargent obviously cared for the kid and Albert seemed to have been in awe of the rising star of Paris and clearly the most talented in Carolus-Duran's atelier. Albert took the kidding and did the things underclassmen do in order to learn -- playing gofer, cleaning brushes, stoking the fire in the stove in the winter, and modeling.
Albert is featured in many drawings and sketches by Sargent and when every nuance and feature had been explored, Sargent just plopped a Spanish hat and coat he'd brought back from his trip to Spain in order to give him something else to paint. (manetvelazquez.accenture.com)
The friendship, however, was warmly felt and during the mid 80's there were a number of letters to Albert from Sargent referenced in Ormond and Kilmurray's book. Sargent even painted Albert's mom as a gift -- a smart move on Albert's part since he got his teacher Carolus-Duran to paint his mother as well.
By: Natasha Wallace
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