John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1883-1899 (Complete paintings of John Singer Sargent) Hardcover – 7 Sep 2010
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A great-nephew of John Singer Sargent, Richard Ormond is a Sargent scholar and an art historian. He is the author or coauthor of books on Sargent, Landseer, Winterhalter, and Lord Leighton, and he is former deputy director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, and director of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Elaine Kilmurray is research director of the Sargent catalogue raisonné. She lectures internationally and has contributed to numerous books, periodicals, and exhibition catalogues on the artist.
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It is a thorough, compelling study for anyone seriously interested in John Singer Sargent, showing that perhaps the least important of his output were the justifiably famous portraits.
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Additional to the impressionist style paintings, there are a number of oil and watercolors executed during Sargent's travels to places such as Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Scotland and Spain. There are also copies after artists like Titian, El Greco Tiepolo etc.
This volume continues the high standards of documentation and research encountered in previous volumes of this series. The printing standard and quality of color reproduction are well above average. Warmly recommended.
What I did not expect - and have come to value - was the extensive text. Prepared by THE expert(s) on Sargent, it makes the book all that more valuable and useful.
This is not just a pretty book for your coffee table. This is solid scholarship.
initial idea through the stages of planning and research and then towards the final work of art. This book illustrates in many drawings and sketches Sargent's process as he considers his composition, colors and model pose.
Many of his sketches are not successful and you can see why he scraped ideas and how he built his final glorious masterpieces.
The illustrations are clear, the book is layout in a linear format and the accompanying text is historically well-referenced.
I suggest this and the other Sargent books in this series. They are a terrific historical reference to read along side the more gossipy book Strapless. If you love Sargent imagery and his painting style the combination of the two types of books will provide the artist or reader with
a lot of food for thought. I want the whole series for Mother's Day this year. Hint, hint, hint!