John Singer Sargent.Mrs. Carl Meyer and Her Children

這幅<梅耶夫人和她的子女>(Mrs. Carl Meyer and Her Children)描繪的是阿黛爾·梅耶(Adèle Meyer)和女兒艾爾西·夏洛特(Elsie Charlotte, aged 11)和兒子弗蘭克·塞西爾(Frank Cecil, aged 10)的肖像畫。薩金特(John Singer Sargent)以俯視的視角給予這幅畫戲劇性的構圖,反映出邁耶夫人對戲劇和歌劇的喜愛,更透過精心設計的時尚穿著、木質鑲板和路易十五沙發等道具,創造奢華的富裕形象,彰顯邁耶夫人在倫敦精英上流社會的地位。

該肖像畫曾先後展出三次:最初引起轟動是在1897年的倫敦皇家學院夏季展覽會(Royal Academy Summer Exhibition)上,隨後在1899年波士頓科普利學會( Copley Society of Boston)的展出,被認為是畫家最大的成就之一。1900年,畫作在巴黎世界博覽會(Exposition Universelle in Paris)上更被授予榮譽勳章。

p.s. This masterpiece was bequeathed by Adèle in 1930 to the National Gallery, Millbank with a lifetime’s interest for her son Frank and grandson Anthony. The painting left family ownership for Tate Britain after Anthony dead in 2004.

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