press release

Opening June 18, the Museum’s major summer exhibition, Great Expectations, offers a first-ever exploration of the role of children in the work of the 19th century’s greatest society portraitist. This view of 42 works features small, intimate studies and large, salon-style portraits, as well as genre paintings, in an intriguing look behind the exquisitely painted surfaces and into the minds of Sargent’s subjects and the artist himself.

Although best known for his high-style society portraits, John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925) created a number of works featuring children. This exhibition examines these works in light of the cultural trends that contributed to the redefinition of childhood in fin-de-siècle Europe and North America.


Great Expectations: John Singer Sargent
Painting Children