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John Singer Sargent - Portraitist-Extraordinaire to the Rich and Famous

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The following eight works by John Singer Sargent could be studied as visual examples contrasting watercolors with oil paintings.  But I prefer to just look at them and absorb their striking beauty and balance and stillness.  Watch them closely a while and come to your own conclusions.

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Four Oil Paintings:

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A Marble Fountain at Aranjuez (1912)

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Gypsy Encampment (1913)

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Tyrolese Crucifix (1915)

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John D. Rockefeller (1917)

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And Four Watercolors:

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Under the Willows (1888)

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Madame Gautreau (1883)

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A Spanish Interior (1903)

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On the Canal (1903)

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John Singer Sargent was born in 1856 in Florence, Italy.  He spent most of his life traveling in Europe; and he died in Chelsea, England in 1925.

At Wikipedia, I found: "In 1986, Andy Warhol commented that Sargent '...made everybody look glamorous.  Taller.  Thinner.  But they all have mood, every one of them has a different mood.'   Also around that time, critic Robert Hughes praised Sargent as '...the unrivaled recorder of male power and female beauty in a day that, like ours, paid excessive court to both'."

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(Presented with permission of the John Singer Sargent Catalogue Raisonné with the collaboration of Adelson Galleries.  And courtesy of artnet and its Artist Works Catalogues.  At its AWC, there is this: "artnet offers these catalogues free to the public as an educational resource. Simply click on an individual artist's image to begin, and check back often to browse new catalogues."-)

 

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I have a law degree (Stanford, 66') but have never practiced. Instead, from 1967 through 1977, I tried to contribute to the revolution in America. As unsuccessful as everyone else over that decade, in 1978 I went to work for the U.S. Forest (more...)
 

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