John Singer Sargent: The Early Portraits: Complete Paintings (Complete paintings of John Singer Sargent) Hardcover – 13 Mar 1998
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"This is the first volume in a complete-works catalog that will include oil paintings, watercolors and pastels by the 19th Century American expatriate. . . . It encompasses a number of his most famous paintings, reproducing them beautifully in color and providing a number of luscious closeups of his virtuoso brushwork. The superb introductory essay sets his work against artistic theories of the period, and detailed entries on the paintings provide even biographical accounts of the sitters. A book that amply justifies its sixteen years of labor--and not only to specialists."--Alan G. Artner, Chicago Tribune
"This second volume of Ormond and Kilmurray's comprehensively researched catalogue raisonne of Sargent's work in oil, watercolor, and pastel provides the most extensive provenance, publication, and exhibition histories to date for nearly 150 extant and untraced or destroyed portraits and portrait studies from the decade during which the artist reached the pinnacle of his career. . . . [An] impressive package, [and] an invaluable research tool for scholars. Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and researchers."--Choice
"This magnificent, erudite compilation demonstrates fittingly that Sargent was the outstanding society portraitist of his age. . . . It is a volume that should be in every library."--Byron Ireland, Day by Day
"This superb monument of art scholarship finally does justice to the greatest portrait painter of modern times."--New York Sun
"The Early Portraits is a lavishly illustrated, handsome publication, fully embodying the high standard for art books, particularly those on painting, we have come to expect from Yale University Press. . . . This is fine, evocative writing, which goes far to suggest why Sargent's early portraits merit our close attention. The Early Portraits thoroughlyestablishes the factual record of their creation and has immediately become a standard reference in their continuing appreciation."--Mary Crawford Volk, New England Quarterly
About the Author
Richard Ormond is Director of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England. Elaine Kilmurray has published a number of articles on Sargent.
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Does it deliver? Yes and no. Yes in that it is a comprehensive catalogue of all his portraits of that era, supported by great essays, and as such I'm thrilled to have it. The quality of the reproductions is good BUT.... having compared the quality of the reproductions between the new book, and the one I bought in 2000, I have to conclude that the quality of the reproductions is, in my opinion, noticeably superior in the Kilmurray-Ormand book I bought in Boston. I find the images in that book to be crisper, more contrasty and the colours punchier and a more accurate representation of the many Sargent paintings I've seen in the flesh.
Conclusion: This is a fabulous book, and I would give it 5 stars were it not for the fact that I know the reproductions could be better. I probably will buy the other two portrait volumes in this series, as a portrait painter they will be a hugely valuable resource. However if I was asked which was THE Sargent book to own, I would have to conclude (if you can still get it) that 'John Singer Sargent' by Kilmurray and Ormond 1998, would be the one to go for.
We would have been willing to pay much more for a book of this quality and scope. This has been our best art purchase in years! We are eagerly awaiting the publication of volume two.
As for Sargent's technique, 'miraculous' is sometimes the only word that will do, and observing his virtuoso brushwork sends shivers down the spine: the thrill of it!
Is there any possibility of a volume which gathers as many as possible of Sargent's masterly charcoal portrait drawings? They fully deserve the kind of serious attention given here, in these magnificent books on his other work. Long Live Sargent!
This book is the first in a trilogy of portrait volumes by Sargent.
I always loved his paintings as they reveal much about the individuality and personality of the sitters.
If one loves portraits, this is a book or better the triology one does not want to miss.
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