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John Singer Sargent Hardcover – September, 1986
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"Never before have Sargent's talents been so gloriously displayed as they are here. Quite simply, this... is a stunner... -- Christian Science Monitor
"Not just another art history book, no title in recent memory recalls with such exactitude the style of an era... -- The New York Times
"The spontaneity, elegance, and grace that characterize Sargent's work are everywhere evident on these large, luminous pages... A visual delight." -- Art and Antiques --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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You probably won't learn this in art school bur Mr. Sargent used a 10%, 30%, 50%, 70% and a 90% tone in all his work. In fact, if you were to print a strip of those five tones and lay them over the tonal reproductions of his paintings, you will learn so much in regards to lighting and modeling a human form for the highest degree of emotional impact.
In a time when angry political statements pass as art and highlight awful drawing skills and horrible color theory, a true student of art can look upon Mr. Sargent's work and find a pool of fresh water in a dry desert. To know each color choice is based on the actual color and temperature of the light source and has a specific tonal value is something that was once taught in our schools of higher education. This truth has been lost in many circles but Mr. Sargent keeps it alive with every brush stroke.
This book is worth every penny and is a must for an artist's library. Even the text is well done. Compare Sargent to Velazquez and you'll learn even more about dividing color temperatures and tonal values within the context of light and shadow. Art can be beautiful and Mr. Sargent continues to inspire and teach us along the way toward creating works that lift the soul and please the eye.
In my humble opinion, black and white should only be used in cases where the original is destroyed. I mean, come on. If you have paid for the rights and sent out a crew to 'private collections' to get the images, you know they have color versions. They do. They just don't seem to want to print them that way. Many of Sargent's works only come across in their full power in color. They seem bland and washed out in black and white.
This is not the stone age, so for this book which has almost 400 paintings, some of which are crammed 3 to a page - to have more than 100 of those in black and white is not only disappointing, it's inexcusable in this day and age. By contrast, the book 'The Society Portrait' by Gabriel Badea-Päun and Richard Ormond is roughly the same size, but it is 100% color and is actually LESS expensive. So the argument that black and white saves money is pretty flimsy. I think it must come down to laziness or just not caring.Read more ›
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Lots of small color and black and white drawings/pictures. Expected larger color paintings.Published 6 months ago by Jean
I'm going to echo McGowan's review. I've seen the originals and the reproductions here are atrocious. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Arthur Hampton
The book came on time and in good conditon.But, they failed to mention in their description that the book did not have a dust jacket. Read morePublished 20 months ago by sadhana girl
I cannot say enough good things about how pleased I am with this wonderful art book. Thank you for the quick service tooPublished on August 10, 2013 by Julie Rodriguez
This is the go-to book for me on John Singer Sargent. Good commentary, great pictures! Very nice book (even for a coffee-table).Published on March 25, 2013 by Art Queen
John Singer Sargent book is outstanding. It is a vital referance item in my art history library. The purchase on line went very smoothly.Published on July 11, 2012 by Scott
The product was just as I expected. It arrived earlier than it was supposed to. My mom really enjoyed it when I gave it to her on Christmas morning. Read morePublished on January 21, 2012 by Meagan1007