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John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1874-1882: Figures and Landscapes 1874-1882 v. 4 (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art) [Hardcover]

Richard Ormond , Elaine Kilmurray
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1 Sep 2006 Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (Book 4)
From 1874 to 1882, John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) produced more than 200 paintings and water-colours aside from portraiture, including figures in landscape settings, architectural studies, seascapes, subject paintings, and studies after old masters. From powerful studies of models in Paris in the mid-1870s to compelling paintings set in Venice in the early 1880s, the works published in this volume of the catalogue raisonne show the variety of his aesthetic responses. He worked in the studio and en plein air, travelling widely during the eight years covered in this volume and painting in Paris, Brittany, Capri, Spain, North Africa, and Venice. This is the first time that Sargent's early work has been mapped so comprehensively. With very few exceptions, this beautifully produced book illustrates all the pictures under discussion in colour. Each painting, including several which have never been published before, is documented in depth with full provenance, exhibition history, and bibliography, and in many cases new information is provided. The volume also reproduces a wealth of Sargent's preliminary and related drawings and of comparative works by other artists.

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  • Hardcover: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (1 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300117167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300117165
  • Product Dimensions: 31.9 x 25.3 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 497,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Where the book excels is in its presentation of the forging of an
artistic personality."
-- The Daily Telegraph, October 2006

'All admirers of John Singer Sargent are indebted to Richard
Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray'. -- The Independent on Sunday, December 17, 2006

'Ormond and Kilmurray have published four volumes of the Sargent catalogue raisonne within the past decade, in addition to participating in numerous exhibitions and their catalogues...Thanks to their efforts -- and to the support of the Adelson Galleries, New York and Yale University Press -- the documentation of Sargent's career is becoming accessible to scholars and amateurs alike, and his achievement is being revealed as more varied and complex than might have imagined.' -- Burlington Magazine, October 2007

'This volume, covering the years 1874-82...is a sumptuous book and
I am savouring every page.'
-- Paul Johnson, The Spectator, September 2 2006

'[A] lavish, erudite catalogue raisonne...Sections on Paris,
Morocco and Venice are a particular delight.'
-- Financial Times Magazine, December 9, 2006

About the Author

Richard Ormond is a Sargent scholar and an independent art historian. He is author or co-author of books on Sargent, Landseer, Winterhalter, and Lord Leighton, and he is a great-nephew of John Singer Sargent. Elaine Kilmurray, co-author and research director of the John Singer Sargent catalogue raisonne project, was co-curator of the exhibition Sargent and Italy in 2002-3 and of the Sargent retrospective which opened at the Tate, London, in 1998.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to cherish. 17 April 2007
If you don't have the money, pawn the wife and kids. This book is a revelation. Beautiful reproductions, fascinating detail, and above all, paintings one never sees in other Sargent publications, and what paintings! Virtuoso brushwork to rival Valasquez, freshness to rival any impressionist, and a range that I am not aware of in any other artist. There is a picture of two octopi which fairly quiver on the sheet. And even the monumental oils have a spontaneity that rival that of any preparatory sketch. And the figure/landscape paintings are so much more joyful and personal than many of the portraits. I think there are at least two more in this series of the catalogue raisonne. I can hardly wait. If you buy one art book this year.......
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Having previously purchased Sargent: The Later Portraits, I was confident that yet again I would be purchasing a well-researched collection of artwork, resplendent with high-quality reproductions and littered with sketches and studies by the prolific and masterful artist, John Singer Sargent.

What this book offers (aside from the wonderful full-page reproductions) is an insight into his landscapes, a small amount of religious work, a selection of studies he completed based on work by the Old Masters (Velasquez, etc.) and a beautiful selection of work from his visits to Spain, Morroco and Vienna.

Like the other books in this series, it's worth every penny. Just make sure your bookshelf is sturdy enough to hold them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality 4 April 2014
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This book is very good quality, full of fine reproductions of the artist's work, as well as interesting details about each work.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Selection of Sargent's Work 19 July 2007
By J. Sapulich - Published on Amazon.com
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The color reproductions are awesome. This books is a collection of Sargent's less known work which is refreshing. Some oils are not as polished as the more well known work which helps to show his technique in early stages---a plus to serious professionals and students. To me, this book provided a wealth of visual clues to understanding his thought process and technical principles. The writing, however, is the typical stuff used to fill most coffee table books. No insight whatsoever into Sargent's painting principles, tonal procedures or color palette. The author obviously knows little in that regard but there is so much information out there the text could have been more illuminating. Buy it for the reproduction quality and awesome collection of works. Worth every penny in that regard.
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2.0 out of 5 stars If you just want to look at pictures there's better 25 May 2012
By J. Lagges - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this expecting it to be big with big reproductions of Sargent's work. Since he is a painter, I pretty much just want high quality reproductions of his work to enjoy.
Here's my problem, its a big book. Most of the paintings/drawings only take half the page the other half Is always a paragraph stating the obvious. Example, If Sargent painted people dancing the author will write a long wordy description saying this painting shows people dancing. I don't know who makes these art books but the author seems to always think his writing is more important than the work. If you want to read a biography about Sargent and read the authors opinions on what he is trying to convey, fine, you'll love this book. But if your expecting to see big images of the things that made Sargent famous in the first place, don't buy it. You'd think such a big book would have a lot of pictures but its mostly just words. Its so bogged down with words its annoying trying to find the paintings to look at.
In conclusion, if you know your not going to bother to read anything skip this series! The small reproductions make it not worth buying. I know for a fact there are better out there. Again, I'm only speaking to people that just want to look at his paintings and don't care about his boring life.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars many obscure paintings 27 Mar 2007
By Simon Mauer - Published on Amazon.com
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i was very pleasantly surprised to see so many Sargent paintigs and drawings i had never seen before. Some quite obscure images in color - many studies and sketches - things that interest other artists and Sargent fans - I have not read much of the content yet but the little I have read was very interesting, although not of great use to artists in that there is not much description of Sargents working methods (although there was some) - but this is usually the case with monographs - much history but not much instruction. So as artists we must learn mainly from the paintings - which fortunately are very well reproduced in this volume.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont just ONE of these superb volumes- BUY THE LOT! 13 Jun 2008
By albrecht namatdurer - Published on Amazon.com
These books are the epitome of scholarly research into Sargent's work, made even better by the researchers inclusion of intimate personal and professional details. This presents a great background to viewing the well printed illustrations. One should not just purchase one of these volumes, indeed the experience palls UNLESS all three are not bought . One cannot praise this sort of in depth research and the resulting publications highly enough. The only quibble is one of size, given that Sargent revelled in life-size compositions, it is a a pity that pure economics forbid the printing of larger volumes- I mourn the death of the "elephant folios" so derided by librarians.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 6 Oct 2007
By AH - Published on Amazon.com
The best book on a painter I have been able to buy for quite a while. As with the other three volumes so far published of Sargent's catalogue raisonne, this is absolutley stunning. Paintings are all in colour unless they have been lost, and the figures and landscapes are breathtaking. The text is anecdotal and interesting, with contemporary correspondence and criticism. This is what a catalogue raisonne should be, and never is - something exhaustively illustrated and investigated, rather than an artist's lifetime crammed into one volume with highlights followed by black and white "postage stamps" at the back (as long as the artist is worth it - and Sargent is worth it). A great tome on a great artist, and unbelievably good value. Go out and treat yourself.
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