The Birthday Party

John Singer Sargent1887

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Minneapolis Institute of Art

This vivaciously painted domestic subject belongs with a group of similar interior scenes with portraits of friends executed by Sargent in the 1880s. It depicts the family of the well-known French artists Albert Besnard (1849-1934) and his wife Charlotte Dubray (1855-1931), whom Sargent had befriended by 1883.

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  • Title: The Birthday Party
  • Date Created: 1887
  • origin: United States
  • Physical Dimensions: w29 x h24 x d0.75 in (canvas)
  • Measurements: 24 x 29 x 3/4 in. (60.96 x 73.66 x 1.91 cm) (canvas) 23 1/2 x 28 1/2 in. (59.69 x 72.39 cm) (sight) 32 x 37 x 2 3/4 in. (81.28 x 93.98 x 6.99 cm) (outer frame) 37 5/8 in. (95.57 cm) (diagonal)
  • Artist: John Singer Sargent
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund and the John R. Van Derlip Fund, http://www.artsmia.org/index.php?section_id=7
  • External Link: Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis, MN, USA)
  • Medium: Oil on canvas