Sunday, May 17, 2009

John Singer Sargent

Gondoliers' Siesta, 1905, watercolor on paper, 14 x 20(35.6 x 50.8)
The "Sargent’s Venice" exhibition was on view at the Adelson Galleries in New York in 2007 and then travelled to the Museo Correr in Venice.

John Singer Sargent was born on Jan. 20, 1856 in Florence, to American parents and traveled extensively throughout Europe. His parents never settled back in America, not stepping foot in the States himself until right before his 21st birthday to retain his citizenship.

Between 1877 and 1925, he did over 900 oils and more than 2,000 watercolors, many of them painted in Venice and the Tyrol. These works are transparent, luminous, and brilliantly executed. Of these, fine collections are in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Brooklyn Museum.

For a considerable period of time, Sargent was the world's best-known and most highly paid portrait painter.

"Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend."

Hot off the press...: Venetian figures and landscapes VOl. 6.
Throughout his career, and particularly in the period from 1898 to 1913, John Singer Sargent painted the spectacular architecture and scenes of everyday life in Venice, as he sat alongside the Grand Canal or in a gondola in the sleepy side canals. This lavishly illustrated book presents all the luminous masterworks that Sargent completed during that fertile 15-year period.

Upper photograph: Exhibition poster by the Museo Correr.


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