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Publisher: National Portrait Gallery Publications Feb 2015
Publication Date: 2015
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Many of the sitters in this collection were John Singer Sargents close friends. They are posed informally, sometimes in the act of painting or singing, and it is evident from the bold way they confront us that they are personalities of a creative stamp. Brilliant as these pictures are as works of art and penetrating studies of character, they are also records of relationships, allegiances, influences and aspirations. This volume, and the exhibition it accompanies, aims to explore these friendships in depth and draw out their significance in the story of Sargents life and the development of his art. The book is structured chronologically, with sections arranged according to the places Sargent worked and formed relationships during his cosmopolitan career: Paris, London, New York, Italy and the Alps. The cast of characters includes famous names, among them Gabriel Faure and Auguste Rodin, Robert Louis Stevenson and Henry James. But the authors also make their point with images of Sargents familiars, such as the artists Jane and Wilfrid de Glehn who accompanied him on his sketching expeditions to the Continent, and the Italian painter Ambrogio Raffele, a recurrent model in his Alpine studies. In such paintings Sargent explored the making of art (his own included) and the relationship of the artist to the natural world. These are examples of an absorbing range of images and personalities, all distinguished in one way or another for their artistry, and all linked by friendship and a shared aesthetic to the central figure of Sargent himself.About the Author:
Richard Ormond is Samuel H. Kress Professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and coauthor, with Elaine Kilmurray, of the Sargent catalogue raisonné. Trevor Fairbrother is an independent art curator. Barbara Dayer Gallati is curator emerita, American Art, Brooklyn Museum. Erica Hirshler is Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Marc Simpson is an independent art historian and curator. H. Barbara Weinberg is the former curator of American paintings and sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
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