The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, completed by John Singer Sargent in 1882 with oil paints on canvas, measures 87 3/8 x 87 5/8 in. The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit (originally titled Portraits d'enfants) is a painting by John Singer Sargent. The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit was painted in Paris in the autumn of 1882, one of a number of portraits of members of the American expatriate community that Sargent made in the French capital in the late 1870s and early 1880s. The dimensions may owe something to the influence of Diego Velázquez's Las Meninas, which Sargent had copied, and which presages the geometric format and broad, deep spaces of Sargent's painting. Edward Boit was the son-in-law of John Perkins Cushing and a friend of Sargent's. ( Log Out /  Apparently, the tone people tend to read in it today is very different from initial impressions. Part Two: Where and When Did Gargoyles Come From? Hirshler, Erica E. Sargent’s Daughters: The Biography of a Painting. Knowing how these four girls’ lives unfolded definitely adds a new dimension to the work – one that Sargent couldn’t have possibly intended. Change ). Isa died in 1894, and the four girls (Florence, Jane, Mary Louisa and Julia), with their father, continued their travels throughout Europe, Great Britain and the U.S. The full text of the article is here →, {{$parent.$parent.validationModel['duplicate']}}, Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, MA, US,, 1-{{getCurrentCount()}} out of {{getTotalCount()}},, Madame X (also known as Madame Pierre Gautreau), Claude Monet Painting by the Edge of a Wood, Landscape with trees, Calcot-on-the-Thames, Mrs Fiske Warren (Gretchen Osgood) and her Daughter Rachel. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. At fourteen, Flo’s the eldest and most disgruntled Boit sister. Set in what is thought to be the foyer of Boit's Paris apartment, its dark interior space is reminiscent of those Sargent had recently painted in Venice. I have not read the book but I know as an artist that this is a striking composition that I’ll bet Sargent was very proud of! She leans on a Japanese urn taller than herself. The relationship between the works is considered so significant that the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) loaned The Daughters to the Museo del Prado in 2010, so that the paintings could be exhibited together for the first time. Art historian Barbara Gallati notes that the English translation of Las Meninas, "Maids-in-Waiting", is an apt description for the activity of the Boit children. Follow A Scholarly Skater on 1882, Edward Darley Boit (1840-1915) and his wife, Mary Louisa Cushing Boit (1845-1894), Paris and Boston; 1915, by descent to their daughters, the sitters, Mary Louisa Boit, Florence D. Boit, Jane Hubbard Boit, and Julia Overing Boit; 1919, gift of Mary Louisa Boit, Florence D. Boit, Jane Hubbard Boit, and Julia Overing Boit to the MFA. He regarded painting as an interpretation of expressions through color and brush. Sargent’s style is a clear testament to his artistic training. The painting hangs between the two tall blue-and-white Japanese vases depicted in the work; they were donated by the heirs of the Boit family. ( Log Out /  I have always loved this painting and I think it is a fascinating painting. The girls never married. In fact, she’s so done with this whole situation, we only glimpse her profile. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. I’ll only tell you I enjoyed learning that Julia (the littlest sister) was a very talented artist. Only later in the twentieth century, with the popularity of child psychology and such, have viewers started to read any kind of message into the work. I’ve been reading John Singer Sargent scholar Erica Hirshler’s book Sargent’s Daughters: The Biography of a Painting. The Family of Edward Darley Boit After the period of time covered in my novel (1882-84), hard times lay ahead for the Boit family, at least emotionally. To me, this seems to imply tension between the girls. Boit was an "American cosmopolite" and a minor painter. The most distinctive sister, Florence pouts beside Jane. As with El Jaleo, The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit certainly succeeds in evoking a particular mood. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Hirshler addresses this question a lot, so let’s talk about it now. For one thing, the composition is unusual. The Spanish master's spell is apparent in Sargent's The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, 1882, a haunting interior that echoes Velázquez's Las Meninas.