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Picturing a World

Copies and what came after

Art students in the 19th C studied older artists’ paintings by copying them,Velázquez being a favorite. Many continued the practice throughout their careers. The work of Jeanette’s contemporary, Finnish artist Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946), shows how interesting the copies could be and how different their original work eventually became.

For three of Schjerfbeck copies, click here. For her own work, click here. At the two sites, you will be able to enlarge the images above.

For the original of Diego Velázquez’s Infanta Margerita and John Singer Sargent’s sketchy copy of it, click here and scroll to the bottom of the post (along the way, you will see some remarkable things from Sargent's student days, including a very strange "Oriental youth" and apple blossoms that can be likened only to a Maxfield Parrish).
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