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Mannikin in the Snow by John Singer Sargent
Mannikin in the Snow by John Singer Sargent

Mannikin in the Snow, 1891

John Singer Sargent

An artist’s dummy is propped up in a snowy lane, draped in a red cloak and jester’s hat. The stone walls and farm buildings behind him further the sense of the mannequin as a medieval troubadour who’s come up short at the edge of town after performing for a stingy or smaller-than-hoped-for crowd. Sargent painted this canvas in Gloucestershire, England in the company of a fellow artist. As a diversion one day, they arranged a mannequin in the snow and painted oil sketches of it from their studio window.

Credit
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
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