“The Boits kept elegant quarters on the avenue de Friedland in the eighth arrondissement in Paris, a luxurious neighborhood much preferred by wealthy Americans. The foyer of the apartment served as the setting for Sargent’s portrait, a shadowy space in which the painter arranged the Boits’ four daughters: Mary Louisa (8 years old), Florence (age 14), Jane (12), and Julia (4)….
Sargent had traveled to Madrid in 1879 to make copies after Velazquez at the Museo Nacional del Prado; among the paintings he studied was Las Meninas…….”*
*Quote from description of The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit on the website of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
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TOMORROW: CHAGALL AND THE CIRCUS!