This artist one of my favorites - American painter John Singer Sargent 1856-1925. with one of my favorite portraits Lady Agnew - 1892. To me this is one of the most spectacular renderings of fabric I have ever seen. I also love the quiet confrontational nature of the pose.
"Lady Agnew's direct gaze and informal pose, emphasised by the flowing fabric and lilac sash of her dress ensure the portrait's striking impact. Andrew Noel Agnew, a barrister who had inherited the baronetcy and estates of Lochnaw in Galloway, commissioned this painting of his young wife, Gertrude Vernon (1864-1932), in 1892. It was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1893 and made Sargent's name. The sculptor Rodin described him as 'the Van Dyck of our times'. Portrait commissions poured in and Sargent enjoyed something of a cult following in Edwardian society. It also launched Lady Agnew as a society beauty."
"I do not judge, I only chronicle." John Singer Sargent