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John Singer Sargent

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  199 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
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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Frank McAdam
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art-photography
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
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Katie Muffett
Feb 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Sargent is my favourite artist. Truly gifted, a painter's painter. This beautiful book is a must for any Sargent fan.
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Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the nicest books on an artist that I own. It shows a very broad spectrum of his work and brought me to a new appreciation of his sketching and watercolor work.
Sep 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Non-fiction. Beautiful reproductions - enjoyable, informative text. A must for all Sargent fans.
Oct 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art, favorites
One of my favorite artists. This is an excellent book with large photos of his work. I keep going back to it.
John Singer Sargent was one of the great American painters. If you love his art, you'll love this book.
Glenn Sharpe
Apr 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
wonderful artist....not appreciated by many in this generation
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