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How Would Sargent Paint Them?

A video recording of Luana Luconi Winner’s March 2, 2024, presentation on John Singer Sargent, the “Fashioned by Sargent” exhibition at the Fine Arts Museum of Boston, and her demonstration on mixing skin tones is now available on YouTube

In the presentation, hosted by the Portrait Society of Atlanta, Luana shares some of the images from the exhibition and gives a short history of Sargent. She then focuses on Sargent’s extraordinary handling of skin tones. She explains the differences in how Sargent depicted the blue bloods of Europe, the creamy debutants of the United States, and the country people in the small villages he visited on his travels.

Photo of color palette

Luana uses mixtures of oil and of pastels to recreate five different skin tones in miniature copies of Sargent’s portraits. She then does a short portrait demonstration, copying the head only from Sargent’s portrait of Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect of the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC.

Luana is a founding member of the Portrait Society of American, a Juried Member of the Portrait Society of Atlanta, an elected Master Circle member of the International Association of Pastel Societies, and a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America. She is also a Signature Member, past president, and honorary lifetime member of the Pastel Society of North Carolina; Member of Excellence of the Southeastern Pastel Society, North Carolina Ambassador for the Portrait Society of America; and an active member of several other art boards and national art organizations.