Life Study (Study of an Egyptian Girl)  1891

by John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent traveled to Egypt in 1891 in search of source material for a mural commission for the Boston Public Library. Like many 19th-century Western European artists, he was drawn to the Middle East by the region’s perceived exoticism and its ancient histories. The identity of the woman who posed in Cairo for this full-length figure study is not known. She assum...
190.5 × 61 cm (75 × 24 in.)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago