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John Singer Sargent occupies an interesting position in the history of art. Born in Florence, Italy to American parents during January of 1856, Sargent always considered himself an American despite never living in the United States for anything more than visits often to paint commissioned portraits. Sargent received his first training in art at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Italy and later studied at the studios of Carolus-Duran in Paris which is where he began to establish the lasting foundations for his style of painting. He eventually became famed for his work as a portrait artist and it should be noted that the paintings of John Singer Sargent occupy a distinct space between the works of Impressionist movement also taking place in the 1880s in Paris as well as the Modern art movement which would become popular later during Sargentís career. Despite the occurrence of such vast movements in art during the time of his creations, John Singer Sargent oil paintings embody his personal style which was derived from many influences, the most prominent possibly being the painting of Diego Velasquez. John Singer Sargent artwork was generally uncontroversial with the exception of one of his early portraits titled Madame X which he later sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The famous portrait by Sargent featured a full-length depiction of a woman wearing a scandalously low-cut dress for the era, and Parisians of the time disproved the subject and Sargent was forced to withdraw it from the Salon in Paris where it was displayed. This prompted his relocation to London, where he would remain a resident for the rest of his life. Though many full-length portraits of women would follow in the catalog of oil paintings by John Singer Sargent, none would evoke the controversy spurred by Madame X. The style of painting embraced by John Singer Sargent was one that was largely taught in his early education at the Carolus-Duran. Rather than focus on the art of careful under paintings and the building of color through layers, the paintings of John Singer Sargent were painted at first glance, meaning that a quick sketch and subsequent additions of paint in an alla prima manner which allowed for the depiction of lights and surface in a newer style. The artwork of John Singer Sargent is generally considered primarily a catalog work of portraiture which studies the effects of light and dark, as well as broad strokes of color can enhance the surface image of the subject and does not attempt to depict a deeper or more psychological aspect of the individual. The most influential and historically significant paintings by John Singer Sargent are: Madame X, Luxembourg Gardens at Twilight, Pailleron Children, Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, El Jaleo, Carnation Lily Lily Rose, The Spanish Dancer, Dr. Pozzi at Home, Lady with the Rose, Simplon, and The Green Parasol. Though the vast majority of the paintings of John Singer Sargent were portraits, his technical artistic abilities easily translated to any of the recorded genres that he attempted.