- Series: Fine Art Series
- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: Thunder Bay Press (CA); First Edition edition (August 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1571452702
- ISBN-13: 978-1571452702
- Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.7 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,544,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John Singer Sargent (Fine Art Series) Hardcover – August 1, 2001
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John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), the famous portrait painter, spent his childhood traveling around Europe with his American expatriate parents. After studying at Paris's Ecole des Beaux Arts, he launched his career at the Paris Salon. But scandal ensued after he exhibited his most famous portrait, Madame X. The daring (at the time) picture of a beautiful socialite in a provocative dress, her shoulder strap slipping off, created such a stir among its viewers that Sargent eventually repainted the strap into a more proper position and relocated to London. There he continued portrait painting. Creating lush images full of light and incredible brushwork, "[He] breathed new life into the tradition of grand manner portraiture. Like his great predecessors he made his sitters look nobler, more beautiful than they were in reality.... What Sargent brought to the tradition that was new and different was his ability to infuse into his portraits a sense of the immediate and the actual, as if what we see before us is life unfolding as it really is." In 1907, the portraitist abandoned the craft and focused primarily on mural commissions, like the one for the Boston Public Library, and landscape painting.
This book, the catalog to a traveling exhibition that hits the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, among other venues, includes three essays on Sargent's life and work and detailed background information for all the paintings shown. It is a manageable 285 pages, with 171 color and 85 black-and-white images. --Jennifer Cohen --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Winner of the Umhoefer Prize for Achievement in Humanities
"This lavish production boasts detailed commentary . . . covering all phases of the artist's career, from his early landscapes to his famous portraits . . . to his late images of the ravages wrought by advancing technology and WWI."--Publishers Weekly
"Admirers of Sargent will welcome John Singer Sargent and read it with the same relish and thoroughness that went into its
writing. It is an intellectual and visual feast."--Gary Michael, The Bloomsbury Review --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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I would like to know of a really good biography of Sargent and his sister (in case you know of one when you read this).
My admiration of JSS's portraiture expanded after seeing the John Singer Sergeant exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum in Seattle. Especially awe-inspiring was the (at least 7 foot tall) original of "Madame X". This book is a good followup to seeing real Sargeant's paintings. Wish the Sargeant's exhibit would come back to Seattle. I have new questions since purchasing & reading this book.