President Theodore Roosevelt
Roosevelt originally commissioned Théobald Chartran to paint his portrait but when he saw the painting he hated it and hid it in the darkest corner of the White House. He reportedly hated it so much that he later destroyed it and hired John Singer Sargent to paint a more masculine portrait.
The President gave Sargent a hard time when he posed for him. Roosevelt reportedly wouldn’t stay still and would only pose for half an hour after lunch. Aides and secretaries were constantly moving around him. All the hard work eventually paid off because Roosevelt adored the painting.
The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit
– When it was exhibited in Paris in 1882 and 1883, critics were struck by its unusual composition. It has been described as Arguably the most psychologically compelling painting of Sargent’s career”.
– The painting was heavily influenced by Diego Velázquez’s Las Meninas which is interpreted as “Maids-in-Waiting”. The relationship between the paintings was considered so significant that the Museum of Fine Arts loaned it to the Museo del Prado in 2010 so that the paintings could be exhibited together.