Art, which was understood as a male-dominated field in the early and mid-Victorian age, began to inspire feminist activists and sympathizers to establish women`s places and feminism-oriented tastes in late Victorian aestheticism. Henry James and John Singer Sargent were feminist sympathizers who brought modernity into the conventional Victorian art stream. They recognized and valued women`s passion for sensuality as well as their longing for conventional aestheticism. Through the comparison between Henry James`s major work, The Portrait of a Lady, and John Singer Sargent`s representative art works, this paper will reveal how human nature can be better understood as a common ground for two distinct but equally essential human desires: the conventional and the sensual. James achieved this harmony by creating characters who can bear the ordeal of consciousness to move forward to the future where they can continue to cultivate natural and sensual taste along with conventional value. Sargent likewise ideally combined the two seemingly contrasting features in his representative portraits and nude works. His original use of conventional perspective and unique liberal shading enabled him to be recognized as a modern feminist artist.