John Singer Sargent: The Sensualist

John Singer Sargent: The Sensualist

by Trevor Fairbrother, John Singer Sargent
     
 

The art of John Singer Sargent is extraordinarily sensual in its evocation of textures, atmosphere, body gestures, and light. In this beautiful book, Trevor Fairbrother argues that viewing the artist as a sensualist connects otherwise conflicting elements of his oeuvre and offers a new interpretation of his life and work. Fairbrother discusses the complex currents…  See more details below

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The art of John Singer Sargent is extraordinarily sensual in its evocation of textures, atmosphere, body gestures, and light. In this beautiful book, Trevor Fairbrother argues that viewing the artist as a sensualist connects otherwise conflicting elements of his oeuvre and offers a new interpretation of his life and work. Fairbrother discusses the complex currents in Sargent's life, analyzes how these shaped his work, and shows how his skills as a draftsman formed the foundation for his rapid, broadly brushed painting style. The book is lavishly illustrated with numerous examples of Sargent's oils, watercolors, and sketches-in particular his portraits and studies of models and dancers-that amply demonstrate the sensual aspect of his art. Fairbrother describes how Sargent used incidental details to arouse visual shock and to delight his audience, pointing to such works as the portraits of London art dealer Asher Wertheimer and his family, as well as to the notorious Madame X, which created a furor at the 1884 Paris Salon. Fairbrother also gives special attention to a little-known series of expressive charcoal drawings of male nudes in Sargent's "Album of Figure Studies." All thirty-one sheets from this album are published together in color for the first time in this new study. In addition, Fairbrother addresses Venetian, Moroccan, and other exotic vignettes that show Sargent's fascination with dramatics of light, personalities, and locale.This book accompanies an exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum that runs from December 2000 to March 2001.

Author Biography: Trevor Fairbrother is the deputy director of art and Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern Art at the Seattle Art Museum.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
Offers compelling insights . . . . warmly recommended for its original and well-argued approach to this popular painter.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300087444
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
9.38(w) x 10.50(h) x (d)

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Gary Michael
Say hello to a truly new Sargent book. . . . We can also relish this book, with its ample and accurate illustrations.--(Gary Michael, Bloomsbury Review)

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