John Singer Sargent: The Later Portraits; Complete Paintings: Volume III

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This sumptuous book is the third volume of the definitive catalogue raisonné of the work of the American painter John Singer Sargent (1856-1925). Comprising over two hundred portraits and portrait sketches in oil and watercolor painted between 1900 and the artist's death in 1925, this book completes the trilogy of portrait volumes. The catalogued works have been grouped into two chronological sections, each with an introduction that sets the particular group in context. There is also a section of undated ...
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Overview

This sumptuous book is the third volume of the definitive catalogue raisonné of the work of the American painter John Singer Sargent (1856-1925). Comprising over two hundred portraits and portrait sketches in oil and watercolor painted between 1900 and the artist's death in 1925, this book completes the trilogy of portrait volumes. The catalogued works have been grouped into two chronological sections, each with an introduction that sets the particular group in context. There is also a section of undated portraits and an appendix listing previously unrecorded works. Each work is documented in depth: entries include traditional data about the painting or watercolor; details of the work's provenance, exhibition history, and bibliography; a short biography of the sitter; a discussion of the circumstances in which the work was created; and a critical discussion of its subject matter, style, and significance in Sargent's career. Most of the works are reproduced in color. There is also an illustrated inventory of Sargent's studio props and accessories and a cross-referenced checklist of the portraits in which they appear.

Author Biography: Richard Ormond, formerly director of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, is an independent art historian. He is the coauthor of books on Sargent, Landseer, Winterhalter, and Lord Leighton, and he is a great-nephew of John Singer Sargent. Elaine Kilmurray is research director of the John Singer Sargent catalogue raisonné project.

Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

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Hilarie M. Sheets
John Singer Sargent: The Later Portraits, by Richard Ormond, an art historian, and Elaine Kilmurray, research director of the John Singer Sargent catalogue raisonne project, scrupulously plumbs the artist's last 25 years and interestingly does not attempt to cast him as a great modernist innovator but rather as a technically superb commercial artist who understood -- and ultimately tired of -- the demands of pleasing his patrons. If he was criticized by the avant-garde for being formulaic -- Sargent himself praised Whistler for never doing the same thing twice -- the authors exhibit that his best work brilliantly captures his sitters' physicality and temperament.
The New York Times
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