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John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925), Madame Pierre Gautreau), 1883–84, Oil on canvas, 82 1/8 x 43 1/4 in. (208.6 x 109.9 cm), Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, 1916 (16.53) © 2000–2009 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend. John Singer Sargent