John Singer Sargent (Florence, January 12, 1856 – London, April 14, 1925) was an American painter, especially known for his portraits.
Sargent had American parents but was born in Italy and lived most of his life in Europe. He became famous because of his portraits (Rodin called him “The Dyck of Our Time”), but at the end of his life he also dedicated himself to painting landscapes. He made a total of about 900 oil paintings, 2000 watercolors and countless sketches and charcoal drawings.
Sargent’s style is realistic, but often too rough, in which he clearly shows the characteristics of the portrayed. Portrait of Madame X in the Metropolitan Museum of Art is considered by some to be his masterpiece. In some other paintings, he experimented with impressionist techniques, such as Claude Monet Painting at the Edge of a Wood.