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[1581] John Singer Sargent, The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit (1882),
courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Reproduced with permission. © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, 1882; John Singer Sargent, American (1856-1925). Oil on canvas; 87 3/8 x 87 5/8 in. (221.9 x 222.6 cm). Gift of Mary Louisa Boit, Julia Overing Boit, Jane Hubbard Boit, and Florence D. Boit in memory of their father, Edward Darley Boit [19.124].
Sargent painted untraditional images such as this one of his friend Edward Boit's daughters. He also painted portraits of Henry James, Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Robert Louis Stevenson.

[2612] Robert J. Rayner, View of Broadway in the City of New York (1913),
courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [LC-USZ62-98471].
With the expansion of industrial capitalism in the United States and the influx of immigrants into the nation's cities, urban growth was a major feature of the period between the Civil War and World War I. In New York, the wealthiest of the "Robber Baron" aristocracy lived just blocks from the most destitute of the poor.

[3096] John Singer Sargent, Simplon Pass: The Tease (1911),
courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Reproduced with permission. © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Simplon Pass: The Tease, Object Place: Simplon Pass, Italian-Swiss Border, 1911; John Singer Sargent, American, 1856 -1925. Transparent and opaque watercolor over graphite, with wax resist, on paper; 40 x 52.39 cm (15 3/4 x 20 5/8 in.) The Hayden Collection--Charles Henry Hayden Fund, 12.216.
Sargent's work defined American painting at the beginning of the twentieth century, from portraits to murals to outdoor watercolor scenes like this one. This painting captures the mood and feeling of its subjects, who are having an outing at the Simplon Pass near the Italian-Swiss border.

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