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John Singer Sargent
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 more than 200 halftones convey the brilliance of his portraits, the exuberance of his watercolors, the stately pomp ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Abbeville Press
(first published January 1st 1986)
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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 traditi ...more
An excellent book full of his masterpieces. Unfortunately, in my humble opinion, the printed page cannot really do justice to his work. I've been blessed to stand in front of many of his paintings, and these reproductions pale in comparison; however, I appreciated seeing what I haven't been able to see in person. There are 113 large color plates and 200 black and white illustrations and a lot of information about the artist. If I were a young, beautiful, rich society belle in the early 1900's, I ...more
My favourite painter of all time. Beautiful large colour prints and a very fluidly written accompanying biography. I usually leave it open to 'Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose' and it never fails to lure in an unsuspecting visitor. Well, it would if anyone ever came to visit me. Which they don't.
Wonderful color and black & white illustrations of Singer Sargent's oeuvre and a quick and easily readable and digestible work. An almost exhausting number of quotes on what the art critics, art purveyors, art teachers, friends and notables of his time (Henry James, Pisarro etc.) thought of his work. Author Carter Ratcliff aims to give us some idea of the artist's lifestyle,how much he traveled,his family, his prolific output, and how he is considered by some to be the last great artist whos ...more
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 subj ...more