Portrait of John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent Painting Reproductions 10 of 12

1856-1925

American Impressionist Painter

John Singer Sargent (January 12, 1856 - April 14, 1925) was the most successful portrait painter of his era, as well as a gifted landscape painter and watercolorist. He was an American expatriate who lived most of his life in Europe. Sargent was born in Florence, Italy to American parents. He studied in Italy and Germany, and then in Paris under Emile Auguste Carolus-Duran.

Biography and work
Sargent's portraits subtly capture the individuality and personality of the sitters; his most ardent admirers think he is matched in this only by Diego 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. 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. Many years before the Mme. X. scandal of 1884, he painted exotic beauties such as Rosina Ferrara of Capri, and the Spanish expatriate model, Carmela Bertagna.
Although Sargent lived in the United States for less than one year, some of his best work is in the U.S., including his decorations for the Boston Public Library. He also completed portraits of two U.S. presidents: Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.

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.

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.

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. About 1910 Sargent forsook portrait painting and focused on landscapes in his later years; he also sculpted later in life. 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.

In a time when the art world focused, in turn, on Impressionism, Fauvism, and Cubism, Sargent practiced his own form of Realism, which brilliantly referenced Velazquez, Van Dyck, and Gainsborough. His seemingly effortless facility for paraphrasing the masters in a contemporary fashion led to a stream of commissioned portraits of remarkable virtuosity. Thus, he was dismissed as an anachronism at the time of his death, but appreciation of his art has since grown steadily, especially following a retrospective exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1986.

John Singer Sargent is interred in Brookwood Cemetery near Woking, Surrey.

Relationships
Sargent developed a close friendship with fellow painter Paul Cesar Helleu. They met in Paris in 1878 when Singer was 22 and Helleu was 18. Sargent painted both Helleu and his wife Alice on several occasions.

Sargent was extremely private regarding his personal life, although the painter Jacques-Emile Blanche, who was one of his early sitters, said after his death that Sargent's sex life "was notorious in Paris, and in Venice, positively scandalous. He was a frenzied bugger." The truth of this may never be established. However most scholars now presume he was homosexual; not only because of his personal associations (such as with Prince Edmond de Polignac and Count Robert de Montesquiou), but because of the way his sensibility shaped his art. This includes not only the sensuality of his male nudes (most particularly his portrait of Thomas E. McKeller), but also the exotic 'otherness' implicit in his general work. It is been suggested that it was this quality which appealed to the sympathies of his many Jewish clients which he painted in the 1890s.

272 Sargent Paintings

Marble Quarries at Carrara, 1913 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Marble Quarries at Carrara 1913

Oil Painting
$777
Canvas Print
$58.27
SKU: SAR-15342
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: unknown
Public Collection

Mrs. William Playfair, 1887 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Mrs. William Playfair 1887

Oil Painting
$899
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: SAR-15343
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 153.7 x 99 cm
Huntington Library and Art Gallery, California, USA

Margherita Goldsmid, later Mrs Raphael, 1906 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Margherita Goldsmid, later Mrs Raphael 1906

Oil Painting
$1005
Canvas Print
$55.41
SKU: SAR-15344
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 142.2 x 104 cm
Private Collection

The 9th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and their Two Sons, 1905 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

The 9th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and their ... 1905

Oil Painting
$1728
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: SAR-15345
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: unknown
Public Collection

Inside a Tent in the Canadian Rockies, 1916 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Inside a Tent in the Canadian Rockies 1916

Oil Painting
$653
Canvas Print
$59.08
SKU: SAR-15346
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 56 x 71 cm
Private Collection

Mrs. George Mosenthal, 1906 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Mrs. George Mosenthal 1906

Oil Painting
$888
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: SAR-15347
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 123 x 72.4 cm
Private Collection

Sir Frank Swettenham, 1904 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Sir Frank Swettenham 1904

Oil Painting
$1063
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: SAR-15348
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 170.8 x 110.5 cm
National Portrait Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Evelyn Baring, 1st Earl of Cromer, 1902 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Evelyn Baring, 1st Earl of Cromer 1902

Oil Painting
$974
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: SAR-15349
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 148.8 x 98.4 cm
National Portrait Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts, 1906 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts 1906

Oil Painting
$1074
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: SAR-15350
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 163.8 x 105 cm
National Portrait Gallery, London, United Kingdom

General Officers of World War I, 1922 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

General Officers of World War I 1922

Oil Painting
$5145
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: SAR-15351
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 299.7 x 528.3 cm
National Portrait Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Miss Beatrice Townsend, 1882 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Miss Beatrice Townsend 1882

Oil Painting
$791
Canvas Print
$53.50
SKU: SAR-15352
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 79.4 x 58.4 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

Street in Venice, 1882 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Street in Venice 1882

Oil Painting
$646
Canvas Print
$62.62
SKU: SAR-15353
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 45 x 54 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

Mrs. Jacob Wendel, 1888 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Mrs. Jacob Wendel 1888

Oil Painting
$1002
Canvas Print
$62.62
SKU: SAR-15354
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: unknown
Historical Society, New York, USA

Eleanora O'Donnell Iselin (Mrs. Adrian Iselin), 1888 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Eleanora O'Donnell Iselin (Mrs. Adrian Iselin) 1888

Oil Painting
$935
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: SAR-15372
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 153.7 x 93 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

Val d'Aosta: A Man Fishing, c.1907 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Val d'Aosta: A Man Fishing c.1907

Oil Painting
$740
Canvas Print
$58.27
SKU: SAR-15373
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 56.5 x 71.7 cm
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, USA

Gypsy Encampment, c.1912/13 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Gypsy Encampment c.1912/13

Oil Painting
$850
SKU: SAR-15374
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 71.4 x 91.7 cm
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, USA

Essie, Ruby and Ferdinand, Children of Asher Wertheimer, 1902 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Essie, Ruby and Ferdinand, Children of Asher Wertheimer 1902

Oil Painting
$1504
SKU: SAR-15375
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 161.3 x 193.7 cm
Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Mrs Frederick Barnard, 1885 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Mrs Frederick Barnard 1885

Oil Painting
$870
SKU: SAR-15376
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 121.5 x 74.5 cm
Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Mrs Philip Leslie Agnew, 1902 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Mrs Philip Leslie Agnew 1902

Oil Painting
$924
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: SAR-15377
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 90.8 x 74.3 cm
Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Portrait of Mrs Leopold Hirsch, 1902 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Mrs Leopold Hirsch 1902

Oil Painting
$986
SKU: SAR-15378
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 145 x 90 cm
Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Hylda, Almina and Conway, Children of Asher Wertheimer, 1905 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Hylda, Almina and Conway, Children of Asher Wertheimer 1905

Oil Painting
$1099
SKU: SAR-15379
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 188 x 133.3 cm
Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Portrait of Ena Wertheimer: A Vele Gonfie, 1905 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Ena Wertheimer: A Vele Gonfie 1905

Oil Painting
$850
SKU: SAR-15380
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 163 x 108 cm
Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom

The Black Brook, c.1908 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

The Black Brook c.1908

Oil Painting
$774
Canvas Print
$58.81
SKU: SAR-15381
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 55.2 x 69.8 cm
Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Portrait of Millicent, Duchess of Sutherland, 1904 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Millicent, Duchess of Sutherland 1904

Oil Painting
$869
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: SAR-15382
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 254 x 146 cm
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain

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