Portrait of John Singer Sargent

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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

Autumn Leaves, 1913 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Autumn Leaves 1913

Oil Painting
$703
Canvas Print
$58.68
SKU: SAR-15383
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 56 x 71 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Louise, Duchess of Connaught, 1908 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Louise, Duchess of Connaught 1908

Oil Painting
$968
Canvas Print
$50.64
SKU: SAR-15384
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 163.7 x 109.8 cm
The Royal Collection, London, United Kingdom

Arthur, Duke of Connaught, 1908 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Arthur, Duke of Connaught 1908

Oil Painting
$926
Canvas Print
$50.37
SKU: SAR-15385
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 163.8 x 110.2 cm
The Royal Collection, London, United Kingdom

Nancy Astor, 1906 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Nancy Astor 1906

Oil Painting
$989
SKU: SAR-15386
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: unknown
Public Collection

Mrs. Wilton Phipps, c.1884 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Mrs. Wilton Phipps c.1884

Oil Painting
$911
Canvas Print
$53.91
SKU: SAR-15387
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 89 x 64.8 cm
Private Collection

Marionettes, 1903 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Marionettes 1903

Oil Painting
$793
SKU: SAR-15388
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 72.4 x 52 cm
Private Collection

Edouard Pailleron, 1879 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Edouard Pailleron 1879

Oil Painting
$899
SKU: SAR-15389
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 127 x 94 cm
Museum of Palace of Versailles, Paris, France

Venetian Bead Stringers, c.1880/82 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Venetian Bead Stringers c.1880/82

Oil Painting
$739
SKU: SAR-15390
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 66.8 x 78.2 cm
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, USA

Vernon Lee, 1881 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Vernon Lee 1881

Oil Painting
$616
Canvas Print
$57.42
SKU: SAR-15391
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 53.7 x 43.2 cm
Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Dr Pozzi at Home, 1881 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Dr Pozzi at Home 1881

Oil Painting
$963
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: SAR-15392
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 204.5 x 111.6 cm
Private Collection

Edith, Lady Playfair (Edith Russell), 1884 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Edith, Lady Playfair (Edith Russell) 1884

Oil Painting
$971
SKU: SAR-15393
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 152 x 98.4 cm
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts, USA

Izme Vickers, 1907 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Izme Vickers 1907

Oil Painting
$986
SKU: SAR-15394
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 146 x 95.2 cm
Private Collection

The Pink Dress, 1912 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

The Pink Dress 1912

Oil Painting
$621
SKU: SAR-15395
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 54 x 66 cm
Private Collection

Venetian Water Carriers, c.1880/82 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Venetian Water Carriers c.1880/82

Oil Painting
$705
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: SAR-15396
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: unknown
Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts, USA

Judith Gautier (A Gust of Wind), 1883 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Judith Gautier (A Gust of Wind) 1883

Oil Painting
$574
SKU: SAR-16829
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 61 x 38 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Miss Mathilde Townsend, 1907 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Miss Mathilde Townsend 1907

Oil Painting
$996
Canvas Print
$49.82
SKU: SAR-17744
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 152.7 x 101.6 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

Miss Grace Woodhouse, 1890 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Miss Grace Woodhouse 1890

Oil Painting
$993
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: SAR-17745
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 163 x 94 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

Ellen Peabody Endicott (Mrs. William Crowninshield Endicott), 1901 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Ellen Peabody Endicott (Mrs. William ... 1901

Oil Painting
$1107
Canvas Print
$52.28
SKU: SAR-17746
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 163 x 114.3 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

Peter Widener, 1902 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Peter Widener 1902

Oil Painting
$1045
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: SAR-17747
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 149 x 98.4 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

Pavement, Cairo, 1891 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Pavement, Cairo 1891

Oil Painting
$633
Canvas Print
$61.80
SKU: SAR-17748
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 48.3 x 58.4 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

Valdemosa, Majorca: Thistles and Herbage on a Hillside, 1908 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Valdemosa, Majorca: Thistles and Herbage on a Hillside 1908

Oil Painting
$1142
Canvas Print
$57.99
SKU: SAR-17749
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 55.8 x 71 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

Mary Crowninshield Endicott Chamberlain (Mrs. Joseph Chamberlain), 1902 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Mary Crowninshield Endicott Chamberlain (Mrs. ... 1902

Oil Painting
$1153
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: SAR-17750
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 150.5 x 83.8 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

Man Wearing Laurels, c.1874/80 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Man Wearing Laurels c.1874/80

Oil Painting
$657
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: SAR-18006
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 44.5 x 33.5 cm
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, USA

Betty Wertheimer, 1908 by Sargent | Painting Reproduction

Betty Wertheimer 1908

Oil Painting
$1315
Canvas Print
$57.45
SKU: SAR-18166
John Singer Sargent
Original Size: 128.3 x 100 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, USA

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