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John Singer Sargent - Figures and Landscapes, 1900-1907 - The Complete Paintings V 7: Volume 7: 12 (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art) (The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art) Hardcover – 5 Oct 2012


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (5 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300177356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300177350
  • Product Dimensions: 31.9 x 25.6 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 514,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[S]tunningly beautiful ... [John Singer Sargent's] watercolors of Venice are so luminous, so brilliant, so breathtaking that one would never wish to put him or this gorgeous volume of Venetian Figures and Landscapes 1898-1913 on a back shelf."-Robert Kiely, Commonweal -- Robert Kiely Commonweal "Lusciously illustrated, carefully researched ... [a] beautiful volume."-Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Richard Ormond is a Sargent scholar and independent art historian. He is a great-nephew of John Singer Sargent. Elaine Kilmurray is coauthor and research director of the John Singer Sargent catalogue raisonne project.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kiku on 9 Nov. 2012
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After waiting for almost a year to get my hands on this volume, it turned out to be nothing more than sketches and Watercolors. If I know Sargent's career, he stopped doing portraits around 1900 and concentrated more on watercolor and studies from life. If that's the case, then this volume makes sense. What I cannot understand is how certain Watercolors from this period where left out. True there are some 'new' works which I have never seen before, and God knows what else might crop up in future, but others where completely left out.

To put it simpler, if you are into Watercolors (Sargent's in particular) then get this volume. If not, think twice.
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Even if it is not the best in the series, this latest addition to a wonderful catalogue raissonne (may it never end) offers many pleasures. No Sargent fan will want to miss out. Sadly it must all end soon but both Mr Ormond and Ms Kilmurray deserve our thanks for this monumental series.
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Beautiful book very well illustrated.
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Great book- totally love it! 17 Nov. 2012
By Joan DaGradi - Published on Amazon.com
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I couldn't be happier with and more thankful for Volume 7 in this monograph series of extraordinary scholarship and lovely reproductions of John Singer Sargent's paintings. Volume 7 is the perfect companion to Volume 6 John Singer Sargent: Venetian Figures and Landscapes 1898-1913: Complete Paintings: Volume VI, one of my very favorite go-to books to enjoy this fine artist's work.

I thoroughly disagree with 2 of the previous reviews; I'm so glad that I decided to buy this book in spite of them.
With what eyes does one look at these beautiful paintings and call them cr@p?

Yes, it is a catalogue raisonné. There are many oils, as well as watercolors included. Yes, Sargent was prolific and enjoyed painting watercolors as he left off painting society portraits. This volume is reflective of that. Moreover, Sargent is regarded as one of the finest and most successful proponents of the watercolor medium to have ever lived. Surely, the few unfinished watercolor studies that are included enlighten the viewer as to Sargent's working methods in a way that written language cannot. 'Finished' or 'unfinished', they are a delight to the eye that loves beauty.

This book is highly recommended and worth every cent, both for it's incisive scholarship and for the high quality and volume of color reproductions.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful work! 8 Nov. 2012
By jdryden - Published on Amazon.com
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After much wait, I got the book today and I'm very pleased. There's a considerable chunk of work in this book that has never been published, which is surprising. I thought I had seen it all! With this volume, I feel like you're getting the essence of what Sargent was about as an artist during these years, rather than the feel of his more popular, recognizable work. Sargent around this time was doing many, many watercolors outside and did little portraiture work. This book shows Sargent at his prime as a painter, whether it would be sketches or finished work. This book is great for an someone studying composition and color, as well.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Sargeant books by Richard Ormond & Elaine Kilmurray 23 Mar. 2014
By MNPeaceHope - Published on Amazon.com
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This series has been spectacular. Large images in full color with excellent reproductions of the artwork. Intelligent discussion of the works, the artist and the settings, presented in well-thought out volumes. We've collected the first seven and have been very happy. I only wish these authors could do something similar for Thomas Dewing and other less-represented artists. A smart investment for anyone interested in the arts.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful and Imperfect 10 Jan. 2013
By Robert Barber - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm an artist and a HUGE fan of Sargent, and I think this book is absolutely wonderful in many respects. It takes its place in the catalog project very respectably, with its usual top-notch scholarship, and in offering a healthy dose of insight into this phase of Sargent's life and artistic development. There is a feast for the eyes, mind, and heart here, but the authors do offer some caveats, such as how difficult it is to ascertain the year for whole groups of the works. This is disappointing to some of us who love to consider what a particular summer of the artist's life was like for example. But it is understandable and very forgivable in this look back over time. The essays that introduce each section are the most interesting and insightful.

I'm taking a star off though, because a handful of the reproductions are low quality, almost appearing as if they were captured with a phone camera or something, when comparing the same images to other books. To the degree that I can say this to the publisher, please keep reproduction quality as a top priority in future volumes. We really do enjoy the images the most. Also, many of the essays accompanying the paintings are what I call "Moo" or master of the obvious writing. Ever overheard a docent tour in a museum: "Here we have a lady wearing a white dress. It's a lovely white dress, beautifully painted, and notice the geraniums on the table, very red, and very much like geraniums ..." One has to spoon through more of this than one would like for the meatier tidbits floating around.

Hopefully the few reproduction bugs can get shooed away before the next volume, and I will eagerly await it with drool and gratitude as always.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Seems incomplete . . . 7 Nov. 2012
By Parkermann347 - Published on Amazon.com
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Like the previous reviewer I felt disappointed with this book. After several delays for the past YEAR, when I finally got it, I expected this to be a book with many paintings like that on the cover. Previously, they had separated out the studies and watercolors from oil paintings as they did with volumes 4 and 5. They should have done that here as well.

Why?

Because they leave us with the year 1907 incomplete. Or at least, for a supposed complete catalog of all Sargent's paintings, I can only hope that's the case. I have several books containing paintings done by Sargent in Italy that they failed to include in this book. They seem to have run out of space. They could have completed the year 1907 IF they had put all the paper studies and watercolors and other cr@p in a separate volume. I don't need the equivalent of every gum wrapper he painted on if that causes the book to just cut off with a probable 2 year wait for the next volume.

The reproductions that are here are excellent, but about 80 percent is just studies.
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