Sargent painted the
lying on her back. The diagonal placement creates a tension in an
serene subject. The painting is further enhanced with the subject’s
lying on a pillow that appears to have been painted with prussian blue
while in the bottom right of the painting the subject’s feet are clad
shoes painted with cadmium red. And while the shawl is a maze of
and darks, the facial features were painted in six simple strokes.
Sargent in Italy, 2002-2003