Wednesday, January 16, 2013

John Singer Sargent (38)

Rainy Day on the Deck of the Yacht Constellation

Drying Sails

 Mid Ocean in Winter, 1876

Alhambra, Patio de los Arrayanes, 1879
Oil on Canvas.  22.6 x 19.2 in (57.5 x 48.8 cm)

Corner of a Garden, 1879

A Mosque, Cairo

Entrance to a Mosque (Courtyard, Tetuan), 1880
Oil on Panel. 10 x 13.8 in (26 cm x 35 cm)

Young Woman in a Black Skirt, circa 1880-1881

At Calcot , circa 1888

Mountain Fire - 13.75x19.75 in. Watercolor, circa 1903-1908

Blue Gentians, 1905
Watercolor on paper. 24.1 x 35.5cm

William Butler Yeats, 1908

Oranges at Corfu, circa 1909

Corfu Lights and Shadows, 1909

Simplon Pass Reading (circa 1911)

Boat, 1913
Watercolor and graphite on off-white wove paper



Facade of a Palazzo in Girgenti


Landscape near Florence

Florence Fountain, Boboli Gardens



John Singer Sargent (January 12, 1856 – April 14, 1925) was an American artist, considered the "leading portrait painter of his generation" for his evocations of Edwardian era luxury. During his career, he created roughly 900 oil paintings and more than 2,000 watercolors, as well as countless sketches and charcoal drawings. His oeuvre documents worldwide travel, from Venice to the Tyrol, Corfu, the Middle East, Montana, Maine, and Florida.
His parents were American, but he was trained in Paris prior to moving to London. Sargent enjoyed international acclaim as a portrait painter, although not without controversy and some critical reservation; an early submission to the Paris Salon, his "Portrait of Madame X", was intended to consolidate his position as a society painter, but it resulted in scandal instead. From the beginning his work was characterized by remarkable technical facility, particularly in his ability to draw with a brush, which in later years inspired admiration as well as criticism for a supposed superficiality. His commissioned works were consistent with the grand manner of portraiture, while his informal studies and landscape paintings displayed a familiarity with Impressionism. In later life Sargent expressed ambivalence about the restrictions of formal portrait work, and devoted much of his energy to mural painting and working en plein air. He lived most of his life in Europe.