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"...a truly lively, tangy biography of an artist, with layouts and reproductions that do the paintings proud." -- Newsday

"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.

About the Author

Carter Ratcliff is a poet who writes about art. He first published his poetry in The World and other magazines in the orbit of the St. Mark's Poetry Project, in downtown Manhattan. In recent years poems of his have appeared in The Sienese Shredder, The Mississippi Review, Cimarron Review, Hudson River Art, Vanitas, Cover Magazine, among other journals; and in IN-FILTRATION: AN ANTHOLOGY OF INNOVATIVE POETRY FROM THE HUDSON VALLEY (Station Hill, 2015); The KGB Bar Book of Poems (Harper Perennial, 2000); and Poetry After 9/11: An Anthology of New York Poets (Melville House, 2001). His books include Fever Coast (Kulchur Press, 1973); Give Me Tomorrow (Vehicle Press, 1983); ARRIVEDERCI, MODERNISMO (Libellum Press, 2004); and TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD (Station Hill Press, 2015). A Contributing Editor of Art in America, Ratcliff has published art criticism in leading journals in the United States and Europe, as well as catalogs published by the Museum of Modern Art; El Museo del Barrio; the Guggenheim Museum; the Royal Academy, London; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and other institutions. Among his books on art are The Fate of a Gesture: Jackson Pollock and Postwar American Art (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1996); Out of the Box: The Reinvention of Art 1965-1975 (Allworth Press, 2000); and Andy Warhol: Portraits (Phaidon Press, 2006). Since 2003, Ratcliff has lived with his wife, Phyllis Derfner, in the Hudson River Valley. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Artabras Publishers (September 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896600149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896600140
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 11.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,148,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
John Singer Sargent's work is amazing. Each painting is a master class in tone, edges, color and drawing. This book is my favorite in comparison to the other published collections of his work. This collection not only has color reproductions but also contains several tonal prints (black and white) which clearly demonstrate his technique of using five major tonal values in his painting and having color fall within those tones.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
On the outside the book is large and gorgeous with a glossy dust jacket. Open the cover and the the inside color matches Lady Agnew's sash! Turn another page and -inferior quality paper. The colors of the reproductions are dull. TONS of black and white photographs. In some sections, pages and pages of just black and white photographs. By the large size of the book, I thought I would get to see large pictures. Not so, except for Chapter introductions where a close up of a detail might be featured, elsewhere there are sometimes 3-4 tiny pictures squeezed onto the same page. Too small (and some in black and white) to appreciate any of them. I was VERY disappointed and am going to return it. I have three other books on Sargent and the quality is just so much better than this one.
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I am getting to the point I buy art books with extreme caution. If you are like me, and would like to look at the paintings in some detail, this book may be a disappointment to you. I paged through it in growing irritation - like many other art books, this seems to have way too many black and white images, and these will take up a whole page, while the color pictures are the size of a quarter of the page or less. The few that are full page size are somewhat blurry. Why would the publisher do this in this day and age? If they were trying to keep the cost down, well . . . sort of. It is still pretty expensive unless you get it at some kind of discount.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
Most likely the best book about Sargent published to date. The colours are brilliant. The text well constructed. The visual detail is quite thorough. If one's to purchase only one book about Sargent this is the one.
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Format: Hardcover
This heavily packed artbook of John Singer Sargent's work is worth buying for any American impressionist fans. Every page is full of excellent descriptions and backgrounds of his work and life. Not to forget the colourful pages of Sargent's painting and drawings. However, if you want a complete book or at least a heavy packed bible about Sargent and his works, well, this book wouldn't satisfy you much. This is a book more of an introductory and coffeetable book for the regular art audience.
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Very disappointing for me. Half of the images are black and white (its 2012, come on!), most of them are kind of blurry and the bright parts often burn out to white, like it had been contrasted to compensate for the lack of crispness. It might well contain some good writing, but that is not the reason I spend money on art books.
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