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John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1883-1899 (Complete paintings of John Singer Sargent) Hardcover – 7 Sep 2010

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  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (7 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300161115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300161113
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 26 x 32.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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This is part of the catalogue raisonné of Sargent's artistic output. As well as a lengthy introduction to each group of works there is a description and history of each work.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars exciting discoveries of lesser known Sargent paintings 3 Nov. 2010
By Ivor E. Zetler - Published on Amazon.com
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John Singer Sargent is primarily renowned for his protrait paintings. While these works-often featuring wealthy and self satisfied looking subjects-are worth investigating, I found many of the paintings featured in this volume more enjoyable to view. The works, painted between 1883-1899, frequently demonstrate the influence of the impressionist school. They are colorful, vibrant and easy on the eye. Although they have an individual voice, they are sometimes reminiscent of Monet's creations. Valuably, this volume documents the correspondence between Monet and Sargent.

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.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars John Singer Sargent: Figures and landscapes, 1883-1899 26 Dec. 2010
By George M. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent addition to my collection of artbooks especially John Singer Sargent. This book does provide more reading than expected and so more time needs to be spent reading rather than looking at reproductions of Sargent masterpieces. For the historian it is great, for the coffee table, it would be less desirable. Richard Ormond is without doubt, the leading expert on Sargent and so any books he does in the future will continue to be a must buy for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Picture and Text: Both Outstanding! 22 Aug. 2011
By D. Kane - Published on Amazon.com
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Initially, I purchased this book for the pictures. It offers a comprehensive compilation of his work during the time period specified. It also shows, pictorially, the influence, similarities and differences, between his work and the French Impressionists.

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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Singer Sargent: figures and Landscapes, 1883 - 1899 11 Dec. 2011
By A. J. D. Gillies - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an outstanding publication and a must for any serious student of Sargent.The quality of the reproductions is excellent and the text is of the usual high standard we have come to expect from these two authors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent source for understanding the creative process of the artist 10 May 2013
By robin nelson wicks - Published on Amazon.com
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As a arts educator, I am always looking for source material that will allow my students to understand how artists move from an
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!
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