John Singer Sargent (474)

John Singer Sargent, the son of an American doctor, was born in Florence in 1856. He studied painting in Italy and France and in 1884 caused a sensation at the Paris Salon with his painting of Madame Gautreau. Exhibited as Madame X, people complained that the painting was provocatively erotic.

The scandal persuaded Sargent to move to England and over the next few years established himself as the country's leading portrait painter. This included portraits of Joseph Chamberlain (1896), Frank Swettenham (1904) and Henry James (1913). Sargent made several visits to the USA where as well as portraits he worked on a series of decorative paintings for public buildings such as the Boston Public Library (1890) and the Museum of Fine Arts (1916).

In 1879, Sargent painted a portrait of Carolus-Duran, the virtuoso effort met with public approval, and announced the direction his mature work would take. Its showing at the Paris Salon was both a tribute to his teacher and an advertisement for portrait commissions. Of Sargent's early work, Henry James wrote that the artist offered 'the slightly "uncanny" spectacle of a talent which on the very threshold of its career has nothing more to learn'.

In the early 1880s Sargent regularly exhibited portraits at the Salon, and these were mostly full-length portrayals of women: >Madame Edouard Pailleron in 1880, Madame Ramon Subercaseaux in 1881, and Lady with the Rose, 1882. He continued to receive positive critical notice.

Sargent's best portraits reveal the individuality and personality of the sitters, his most ardent admirers think he is matched in this only by Velazquez, who was one of Sargent's great influences. The Spanish master's spell is apparent in Sargent's The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, 1882, a haunting interior which echoes Velazquez' Las Meninas. Sargent's Portrait of >Madame X,, done in 1884, is now considered one of his best works, and was the artist's personal favorite, eventually Sargent sold it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. However, at the time it was unveiled in Paris at the 1884 Salon, it aroused such a negative reaction that it prompted Sargent to move to London. Prior to the Mme. X. scandal of 1884, he had painted exotic beauties such as Rosina Ferrara of Capri, and the Spanish expatriate model, Carmela Bertagna, but the earlier pictures had not been intended for broad public reception.

Before his arrival in England, Sargent began sending paintings for exhibition at the Royal Academy. These included the portraits of Dr. Pozzi at Home, 1881, a flamboyant essay in red, and the more traditional Mrs. Henry White, 1883. The ensuing portrait commissions encouraged Sargent to finalize his move to London in 1886. His first major success at the Royal Academy came in 1887, with the enthusiastic response to Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, a large piece, painted on site, of two young girls lighting lanterns in an English garden. The painting was immediately purchased by the Tate Gallery. In 1894 Sargent was elected an associate of the Royal Academy, and was made a full member three years later. In the 1890s he averaged fourteen portrait commissions per year, none more beautiful than the genteel Lady Agnew of Lochnaw, 1892. As a portrait painter in the grand manner, Sargent's success was unmatched, his subjects were at once ennobled and often possessed of nervous energy (Mrs. Hugh Hammersley, 1892). With little fear of contradiction, Sargent was referred to as 'the Van Dyck of our times'.

Sargent painted a series of three portraits of Robert Louis Stevenson. The second, Portrait of Robert Louis Stevenson and his Wife (1885), was one of his best known. He also completed portraits of two U.S. presidents: Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.

During the greater part of Sargent's career, he created roughly 900 oil paintings and more than 2,000 watercolours, as well as countless sketches and charcoal drawings. From 1907 on Sargent forsook portrait painting and focused on landscapes in his later years, he also sculpted later in life. His oeuvre documents worldwide travel, from Venice to the Tyrol, Corfu, Montana and Florida, and each destination offered pictorial treasure. As a concession to the insatiable demand of wealthy patrons for portraits, however, he continued to dash off rapid charcoal portrait sketches for them, which he called "Mugs". Forty-six of these, spanning the years 1890-1916, were exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 1916.

Sargent is usually not thought of as an Impressionist painter, but he sometimes used impressionistic techniques to great effect, and his Claude Monet Painting at the Edge of a Wood is rendered in his own version of the impressionist style.

Although Sargent was an American expatriate, he returned to the United States many times, often to answer the demand for commissioned portraits. Many of his most important works are in museums in the U.S., in 1909 he exhibited eighty-six watercolours in New York City, eighty-three of which were bought by the Brooklyn Museum. His mural decorations grace the Boston Public Library. For this commission, a series of oils on the theme of The Triumph of Religion that were attached to the walls of the library by means of marouflage, Sargent made numerous visits to the United States in the last decade of his life, including a stay of two full years from 1915-1917.

It is in some of his late works where one senses Sargent painting most purely for himself. His watercolors, often of landscapes documenting his travels (Santa Maria della Salute, 1904, Brooklyn Museum of Art), were executed with a joyful fluidness. In watercolours and oils he portrayed his friends and family dressed in Orientalist costume, relaxing in brightly lit landscapes that allowed for a more vivid palette and experimental handling than did his commissions (The Chess Game, 1906).Portrait of Robert Louis Stevenson and his Wife sold in 2004 for $8.8 million to Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn to be installed at his newest casino, Wynn Las Vegas.

In December 2004, Group with Parasols (A Siesta) (1905) sold for $US 23.5 million, nearly double the Sotheby's estimate of $12 million. The previous highest price for a Sargent painting was $US 11 million.

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Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose 1885

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,139

Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau)

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 8,089

Portrait of Lady agnew of Lochnaw 1892

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,419

Morning Walk 1888

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,159

The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit 1882

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 5,799

Group With Parasols (a Siesta)

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,459

El Jaleo, 1882

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,979

Girl Fishing

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,339

Bedouins

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,459

The Fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy 1907

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 5,989

Girl Reading By a Stream 1888

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 5,809

Lake O'hara 1916

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 5,939

Claude Monet Painting By the Edge of a Wood 1885-2

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 5,809

San Geremia 1913

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,059

The Bridge of Sighs

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,359

Gassed 1919

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 8,849

Dennis Miller Bunker Painting at Calcot 1888

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 5,519

A Boating Party

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 5,579

Paul Helleu Sketching With His Wife 1889

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 5,869

The Sketchers 1913

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 5,929

The Master and His Pupils 1914

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,119

Reapers Resting In a Wheat Field 1885

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,119

Neapolitan Children Bathing 1879

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,509

On His Holidays, Norway 1901

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 7,039

Street In Venice 1882

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 5,809

A Street In Venice

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,109

The Sulphur Match-2

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,219

A Venetian Woman

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,219

Venetian onion Seller

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,219

A Venetian Interior 1880

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 5,929

A Venetian Trattoria

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,359

Venetian Glass Workers

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,509

In the Luxembourg Gardens 1879

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,419

Luxembourg Gardens at Twilight 1879

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,059

The Birthday Party 1887

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,439

Le Verre De Porto (a Dinner Table at Night) 1884

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,699

The Breakfast Table 1883-1884

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 5,809

Tyrolese Interior 1915

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 5,989

Rehearsal of the Pasdeloup Orchestra at the Cirque D’hiver 1879

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 5,929

Marionettes 1903

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,219

A Javanese Dancer 1889-3

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 8,149

A Javanese Dancer 1889-4

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 7,919

A Javanese Dancer 1889-5

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 7,799

In a Garden, Corfu 1909

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 5,989

A Gust of Wind 1886

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,809

Fumée D'ambre Gris (Smoke of ambergris) 1880

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,509

La Carmencita 1890

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 7,329

A Parisian Beggar Girl 1880

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,339

Simplon Pass-Reading 1911

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,279

The Lady With the Umbrella 1911

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,109

Two Girls With Parasols at Fladbury 1889

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 5,809

A Siesta

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,159

Simplon Pass-the Green Parasol 1911

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,179

Simplon Pass-the Tease 1911

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,049

Simplon Pass-At the Top 1909

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,049

A Turkish Woman By a Stream 1907

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,219

The Chess Game

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 5,929

Dolce Far Niente

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 8,029

Val D'aosta-A Man Fishing 1907

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 5,989

The Black Brook (Rose-Marie Osmond) 1908

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 5,989

Zuleika 1906

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,219

Lady and Child asleep In a Punt Under the Willows 1887

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 5,999

Under the Willows 1887

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 5,869

Landscape With Goats 1909

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,119

Sketch For ‘Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose’ 1885

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 5,809

Study For Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose’ 1885

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,629

Dorothy Barnard 1885

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,569

Garden Study of the Vickers Children, 1884

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,459

Gathering Flowers at Twilight

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 5,869

Oyster Gatherers of Cancale 1878

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 7,259

Fishing For Oysters at Cancale 1878

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 7,119

An artist In His Studio 1904

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,049

A Capriote 1878

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 5,809

Staircase In Capri 1878

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 7,159

Ricordi Di Capri 1878

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 5,989

Capri Girl on a Rooftop 1878

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 5,989

Capri Girl on a Rooftop 1878-2

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,109

Mannikin In the Snow

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,459

Muddy alligators 1917

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,509

The Olive Grove 1910

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 5,989

By the River

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,109

Robert Louis Stevenson and His Wife 1885

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,439

Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth 1889-4

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 8,089

Madame Gautreau Drinking a Toast, 1882-1883

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,419

Mrs Carl Meyer and Her Children 1896

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 7,049

Mrs Hugh Hammersley 1892

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 7,749

Portrait of Millicent Leveson Gower, Duchess of Sutherland 1904 Rw

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 7,749

Ada Rehan

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 7,959

Isabella Stewart Gardner, 1888

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 9,069

Carolus-Duran 1879

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,349

The Lady In Black (Madame Errázuriz) 1882

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,699

Village Children 1890

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,279

Nonchaloir (Repose) 1911

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,279

Mrs. Cecil Wade 1886

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,279

Miss Mathilde Townsend 1907

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 7,049

Mrs. Joseph Chamberlain 1902

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 7,679

Mrs. Fiske Warren (Gretchen Osgood) and Her Daughter Rachel 1903

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 7,049

Mrs. Charles E. Inches (Louise Pomeroy) 1887

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 6,839

Mrs. George Swinton (Elizabeth Ebsworth) 1897

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 7,959

Mrs. Henry White 1883

By John Singer Sargent
Sizes starting at
NT$ 7,189

John Singer Sargent (474)

John Singer Sargent, the son of an American doctor, was born in Florence in 1856. He studied painting in Italy and France and in 1884 caused a sensation at the Paris Salon with his painting of Madame Gautreau. Exhibited as Madame X, people complained that the painting was provocatively erotic.

The scandal persuaded Sargent to move to England and over the next few years established himself as the country's leading portrait painter. This included portraits of Joseph Chamberlain (1896), Frank Swettenham (1904) and Henry James (1913). Sargent made several visits to the USA where as well as portraits he worked on a series of decorative paintings for public buildings such as the Boston Public Library (1890) and the Museum of Fine Arts (1916).

In 1879, Sargent painted a portrait of Carolus-Duran, the virtuoso effort met with public approval, and announced the direction his mature work would take. Its showing at the Paris Salon was both a tribute to his teacher and an advertisement for portrait commissions. Of Sargent's early work, Henry James wrote that the artist offered 'the slightly "uncanny" spectacle of a talent which on the very threshold of its career has nothing more to learn'.

In the early 1880s Sargent regularly exhibited portraits at the Salon, and these were mostly full-length portrayals of women: >Madame Edouard Pailleron in 1880, Madame Ramon Subercaseaux in 1881, and Lady with the Rose, 1882. He continued to receive positive critical notice.

Sargent's best portraits reveal the individuality and personality of the sitters, his most ardent admirers think he is matched in this only by Velazquez, who was one of Sargent's great influences. The Spanish master's spell is apparent in Sargent's The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, 1882, a haunting interior which echoes Velazquez' Las Meninas. Sargent's Portrait of >Madame X,, done in 1884, is now considered one of his best works, and was the artist's personal favorite, eventually Sargent sold it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. However, at the time it was unveiled in Paris at the 1884 Salon, it aroused such a negative reaction that it prompted Sargent to move to London. Prior to the Mme. X. scandal of 1884, he had painted exotic beauties such as Rosina Ferrara of Capri, and the Spanish expatriate model, Carmela Bertagna, but the earlier pictures had not been intended for broad public reception.

Before his arrival in England, Sargent began sending paintings for exhibition at the Royal Academy. These included the portraits of Dr. Pozzi at Home, 1881, a flamboyant essay in red, and the more traditional Mrs. Henry White, 1883. The ensuing portrait commissions encouraged Sargent to finalize his move to London in 1886. His first major success at the Royal Academy came in 1887, with the enthusiastic response to Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, a large piece, painted on site, of two young girls lighting lanterns in an English garden. The painting was immediately purchased by the Tate Gallery. In 1894 Sargent was elected an associate of the Royal Academy, and was made a full member three years later. In the 1890s he averaged fourteen portrait commissions per year, none more beautiful than the genteel Lady Agnew of Lochnaw, 1892. As a portrait painter in the grand manner, Sargent's success was unmatched, his subjects were at once ennobled and often possessed of nervous energy (Mrs. Hugh Hammersley, 1892). With little fear of contradiction, Sargent was referred to as 'the Van Dyck of our times'.

Sargent painted a series of three portraits of Robert Louis Stevenson. The second, Portrait of Robert Louis Stevenson and his Wife (1885), was one of his best known. He also completed portraits of two U.S. presidents: Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.

During the greater part of Sargent's career, he created roughly 900 oil paintings and more than 2,000 watercolours, as well as countless sketches and charcoal drawings. From 1907 on Sargent forsook portrait painting and focused on landscapes in his later years, he also sculpted later in life. His oeuvre documents worldwide travel, from Venice to the Tyrol, Corfu, Montana and Florida, and each destination offered pictorial treasure. As a concession to the insatiable demand of wealthy patrons for portraits, however, he continued to dash off rapid charcoal portrait sketches for them, which he called "Mugs". Forty-six of these, spanning the years 1890-1916, were exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 1916.

Sargent is usually not thought of as an Impressionist painter, but he sometimes used impressionistic techniques to great effect, and his Claude Monet Painting at the Edge of a Wood is rendered in his own version of the impressionist style.

Although Sargent was an American expatriate, he returned to the United States many times, often to answer the demand for commissioned portraits. Many of his most important works are in museums in the U.S., in 1909 he exhibited eighty-six watercolours in New York City, eighty-three of which were bought by the Brooklyn Museum. His mural decorations grace the Boston Public Library. For this commission, a series of oils on the theme of The Triumph of Religion that were attached to the walls of the library by means of marouflage, Sargent made numerous visits to the United States in the last decade of his life, including a stay of two full years from 1915-1917.

It is in some of his late works where one senses Sargent painting most purely for himself. His watercolors, often of landscapes documenting his travels (Santa Maria della Salute, 1904, Brooklyn Museum of Art), were executed with a joyful fluidness. In watercolours and oils he portrayed his friends and family dressed in Orientalist costume, relaxing in brightly lit landscapes that allowed for a more vivid palette and experimental handling than did his commissions (The Chess Game, 1906).Portrait of Robert Louis Stevenson and his Wife sold in 2004 for $8.8 million to Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn to be installed at his newest casino, Wynn Las Vegas.

In December 2004, Group with Parasols (A Siesta) (1905) sold for $US 23.5 million, nearly double the Sotheby's estimate of $12 million. The previous highest price for a Sargent painting was $US 11 million.

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