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Impressionist Portraits – Oxymorons by John Singer Sargent

Can a bold dash of blue, amid a fog of greys and a few delicate flecks of black really justify itself as a portrait ? Isn’t an impressionist portrait then an oxymoron in itself ? On the other hand, our memories of people aren’t crisp black and white either. People are a mere sum of impressions in the memories of other people. Aren’t then the impressionists justified in their impudence [ ... ]