John Singer Sargent’s Mugs and Madame X
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John Singer Sargent’s Mugs and Madame X

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) made hundreds of rapidly drawn charcoal sketches of society personalities, drawings he referred to as “mugs.” He made these in response to a high demand for his work. Not being able to satisfy all with oil paintings, he satiated his sitters with quick charcoal drawings.  These portraits are mostly of wealthy…