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Friday, August 22, 2008

John Singer Sargent, 100 artists every artist should know.

John Singer Sargent, 100 artists every artist should know.

One of my most favorite, easily on my top 10 list of greatest artists of all time. :)

John Singer Sargent (January 12, 1856 – April 14, 1925) was the most successful portrait painter of his era,[1][2] as well as a gifted landscape painter and watercolorist. Sargent was born in Florence, Italy to American parents.

Sargent studied in Italy and Germany, and then in Paris under Emile Auguste Carolus-Duran.

Sargent studied with Carolus-Duran, whose influence would be pivotal, from 1874-1878. Carolus-Duran's atelier was progressive, dispensing with the traditional academic approach which required careful drawing and underpainting, in favor of the alla prima method of working directly on the canvas with a loaded brush, derived from Diego Velázquez. It was an approach which relied on the proper placement of tones of paint.

In 1879, Sargent painted a portrait of Carolus-Duran; the virtuoso effort met with public approval, and announced the direction his mature work would take. Its showing at the Paris Salon was both a tribute to his teacher and an advertisement for portrait commissions. Of Sargent's early work, Henry James wrote that the artist offered 'the slightly "uncanny" spectacle of a talent which on the very threshold of its career has nothing more to learn'.
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digistyle said...

I totally agree, every artist should see a Sargent piece. I was not five feet from his painting of Mrs. Ralph Curtis yesterday. I've also seen his portrait of Elizabeth Winthrop Chanler when it was loaned to my local museum. The piece itself was stunning, but Sargent's treatment of the hands and fingers was masterful.

XIA said...

digi> I totally agree, I saw his real painting life a few time. Once they came in Seattle Art Museum, then a local private collection gallery (Frye Museum). And I went to see them in NYC. They are totally breath taking. I feel so lucky to have seen them...the strokes, the texture of those...man! I highly recommended to see them live also. There will be more amazing artists to come. :)

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