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READ & DOWNLOAD ´ John Singer Sargent µ Sargent's enduring popularity has prompted a thoughtful reappraisal by prominent art critic Carter Ratcliff who shows us the surprising breadth of the artist's work Never before has a book so thoroughly represented that variety 110 lavish color plates and than 200 halftones convey the brilliance of his pWorld with a circle of friends and rivals that included Henry James Claude Monet and James McNeill Whistler When Sargent died in 1925 a childhood companion wrote in her memorial that the summing up of a would be biographer must I think be He painted It is the strikingly beautiful results of that lifelong devotion to his art that glow throughout the pages of this incomparable bo. I love Sargent's paintings but I felt this biography failed to make him a real person in my mind's eye The selection of paintings was rather odd why so much time spent on his murals and many were discussed in the text without an accompanying image Black and white photos of paintings may as well be verbal descriptions and there are far too many in this book Many of the full color images are too dark to see the detail All in all a damn shoddy job I give this two stars because of its subject matter which deserves much care and attention than this book gives him and his work

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Sargent's enduring popularity has prompted a thoughtful reappraisal by prominent art critic Carter Ratcliff who shows us the surprising breadth of the artist's work Never before has a book so thoroughly represented that variety 110 lavish color plates and than 200 halftones convey the brilliance of his portraits the exuberance of his watercolors the stately pomp of his murals I. I attended this past summer an exhibit at the Met Museum of John Singer Sargent's portrait work and gained there a new appreciation of the artist and his abilities Without ever having taken the time to study his work I had previously regarded him primarily as a society painter technically proficient perhaps but superficial and mannered in his approach to art He had always seemed something of an anachronism a holdover from the nineteenth century who was still working in the academic tradition at the same time Picasso and Matisse were revolutionizing modern art The exhibit helped me better understand the artist's formidable techniue and his uncanny knack for capturing the personality of his sitters as well as his ability to absorb the lessons taught him by Manet and other ImpressionistsJohn Singer Sargent by Carter Ratcliff turned out to be an excellent companion to the exhibit Though I would have preferred a in depth biography of this complex artist who moved easily in high society and yet was never fully comfortable within it the book does provide at least an outline of the artist's life and personality Still there are significant gaps For example while the book covers fairly well the training Sargent received in Paris from Carolus Duran it fails to pay sufficient attention to the impressions he had received in childhood while viewing the work of the old masters in Italy and the influence that these had on his later workThe book however does cover all the major episodes of Sargent's life An entire chapter is devoted as it should be to the scandal surrounding the 1884 Portrait of Madame X that had been the centerpiece of the Parisian section of the Met exhibit The notoriety the portrait garnered incomprehensible now to the twenty first century viewer effectively ended Sargent's career in France and forced him into virtual exile in England There are also chapters devoted to the time Sargent spent on the Boston murals and to the paintings he completed during World War I Although most of the latter were little than attempts at patriotic propaganda the painting Gassed surpassed these and became a powerful indictment of the horrors of modern warfare The time spent at the front lines showed an entirely new side to Sargent's personalityRatcliff also goes to a great deal of trouble to emphasize the painter's relationship to the novelist Henry James Though it's true both were expatriate Americans living in England the differences between them were far profound than the similarities no matter how good friends they may have been One can never imagine James at home anywhere but in the gas lit parlors of British upper crust society but Sargent was much a maverick and often impatient with the social obligations foisted upon him by virtue of his success At the root of his desire to give up portrait painting was the longing to escape the very milieu in which James reveledOne of aspect of Sargent's work that is not addressed at all in this study is the influence exerted upon him by Orientalism Though Ratcliff dutifully notes in passing the time the artist spent in the Mideast Sargent produced a number of major paintings during his visit to North Africa in 1879 and again in Egypt in 1890 the author astonishingly offers no detailed commentary on any of these One of Sargent's most important works in this vein Fumée d'Ambre Gris is reproduced only in small format and in black white In the same manner Ratcliff has nothing to say about The Nude Egyptian Girl other than to offer a banal uote from a review in the Magazine of Art regarding the work's execution this even though the image is the only oil Sargent ever painted of a female nude Certainly the painting has as much to say about European attitudes toward the Mideast as anything produced by Gérôme Would Sargent ever have attributed to a Western woman the overt sensuality with which he imbues his Egyptian model or would he have been too afraid of offending staid European proprietiesThe book is profusely illustrated but too many of the paintings are reproduced in monochrome rather than color and are often in too small a size to be conveniently studied And some major works are inexplicably left out altogether Most notable among these omissions is the portrait of Edwin Booth a penetrating study that captured very well the dilemma faced by this great actor who was forever haunted by his brother's crime Instead too much prominence is given to what really are no than routine society portraits Granted though some of these commissions such as Lady Agnew of Lochnaw are masterpieces of the genreThe epilogue which deals with the circumstances surrounding the painting of the Sitwell portrait seems anticlimactic and a non seuitur This was not one of Sargent's most significant works and he had no special attachment to the Sitwells who were to say the least a rather idiosyncratic family Though the children particularly Edith went on to become prominent in mid twentieth century British literary circles that was long after Sargent had passed on and was in no way the result of his influence


John Singer SargentT is perhaps the watercolors that are most exciting to contemporary eyes bold spontaneous and vividly hued they have a breathtaking immediacyBorn in Florence in 1856 to American parents Sargent spent a nomadic childhood before going to Paris to study painting He learned uickly and by the 1880s had begun the steady climb to fame that ultimately placed him at the center of his. EXCELLENT book of color plates and b2 photos of sketchesA good source for a Sargent bibliographyInteresting notes regarding Sargent's works his family and his travels