Lot 32
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John Singer Sargent 1856 - 1925

50,000 - 80,000 USD
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  • John Singer Sargent
  • Two Girls Resting on a Haystack
  • signed John S. Sargent and inscribed Pour me raccommoder avec/la terrible Marie-Louise (lower left)
  • pencil on paper
  • 10 by 13 1/5 inches
  • (25.4 by 33.5 cm)
  • Executed circa 1881.


Marie-Louise Pailleron (gift from the artist)
Private Collection, Paris, France, 1969


Marie-Louise Pailleron, Le paradis perdu: souvenirs d'enfance, Paris, 1947, pp. 163, 344
Richard Ormond, John Singer Sargent: Paintings, Drawings, Watercolors, New York, 1970, p. 16

Catalogue Note

The original owner of this work, Marie-Louise Pailleron, recalls in her 1947 autobiography, Le paradis perdu: souvenirs d'enface, that this drawing was given to her by John Singer Sargent during one of the many sittings that took place in his studio while he was working on the iconic double portrait of the Pailleron children in 1881 (Des Moines Art Center). Marie-Louise created numerous problems for Sargent during this process. "She made no effort," explains Richard Ormond "to pose properly, constantly moving and chattering disobeying orders" (John Singer Sargent: The Early Portraits, Complete Paintings, New Haven, Connecticut, 1998, vol. I, p. 51). As evidenced by the inscription, Sargent likely presented Marie-Louise with this drawing as a humorous attempt to reconcile with his young, "terrible" subject.