John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1883-1899: The Complete Paintings, Volume V

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The fifth volume of the John Singer Sargent catalogue raisonné encompasses a remarkably productive span in the beloved American painter’s life. The young artist moved from Paris to London during this period and successfully ignited his career as a portraitist, and this time also marked his experimentation with Impressionist techniques. These pages contain the first detailed account of Sargent’s relationship with Claude Monet, including letters—most published for the first time here—from the artist to the great ...

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Overview

The fifth volume of the John Singer Sargent catalogue raisonné encompasses a remarkably productive span in the beloved American painter’s life. The young artist moved from Paris to London during this period and successfully ignited his career as a portraitist, and this time also marked his experimentation with Impressionist techniques. These pages contain the first detailed account of Sargent’s relationship with Claude Monet, including letters—most published for the first time here—from the artist to the great Impressionist. This exquisitely illustrated volume also covers the period when Sargent journeyed to Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Spain, North Africa, and Italy in search of inspiration for a mural cycle commissioned by the Boston Public Library. The works he painted as source material included here stand in stark contrast to the sensuous, painterly exercises of the early and mid-1880s, underlining his versatility and artistic reach.

As in the previous volumes in this series, the images in this book are reproduced in full color and documented in depth, with complete provenance, exhibition history, and bibliography, and are accompanied by relevant studies and related drawings.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Ormond, Sargent scholar and descendant, and Kilmurray, research director of the catalogue raisonné project, have produced an admirable volume in the series. It covers Sargent's move from Paris to London and his experiments with the techniques of impressionism, particularly influenced by the works of Claude Monet. Sargent's admiration for the French artist is made clear in his letters (many published here for the first time) as well as in the paintings done during their years of friendship. However, with the commission to paint the murals for the new Boston Public Library building, his work took a new direction. Monumental and symbolic art replaced the earlier naturalism, and his travels through Europe provided images to be reworked into his series of religious historical paintings. From an interior painting such as theBlue Bowl (1885–89) to the Javanese Dancer (1889) to the works after such artists as El Greco and Titian, one can only marvel at Sargent's imagination and artistic scope. VERDICT This scholarly production with excellent color illustrations, a clear and consistent format, informative annotations, and a bargain price will appeal to Sargent's fans and general art readers.—Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300161113
  • Publisher: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
  • Publication date: 11/18/2010
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 12.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

A great-nephew of John Singer Sargent, Richard Ormond is a Sargent scholar and an art historian. He is the author or coauthor of books on Sargent, Landseer, Winterhalter, and Lord Leighton, and he is former deputy director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, and director of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Elaine Kilmurray is research director of the Sargent catalogue raisonné. She lectures internationally and has contributed to numerous books, periodicals, and exhibition catalogues on the artist.

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