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John Singer Sargent
Carter Ratcliff
0789207486
August 2001
Hardcover
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The New York Times
"Not just another art history book, no title in recent memory recalls with such exactitude the style of an era...

Christian Science Monitor
"Never before have Sargent's talents been so gloriously displayed as they are here. Quite simply, this... is a stunner...

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Strapless
Deborah Davis
158542336X
May 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
The subject of John Singer Sargent's most famous painting was twenty-three-year-old New Orleans Creole Virginie Gautreau, who moved to Paris and quickly became the "it girl" of her day. A relative unknown at the time, Sargent won the commission to paint her; the two must have recognized in each other a like-minded hunger for fame.

Unveiled at the 1884 Paris Salon, Gautreau's portrait generated the attention she craved-but it led to infamy rather than stardom. Sargent had painted one strap of Gautreau's dress dangling from her shoulder, suggesting either the prelude to or the aftermath of sex. Her reputation irreparably damaged, Gautreau retired from public life, destroying all the mirrors in her home.

Drawing on documents from private collections and other previously unexamined materials, and...


Watercolors of John Singer Sargent
Carl Little
0520219708
March 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) stands among the greatest of watercolor painters, along with J.M.W. Turner, Winslow Homer, and other masters of this difficult medium. Watercolor was more than a distraction from the portrait and mural commissions Sargent labored over; after 1900, watercolor became central to his artistic vision. His aquarelles are, simply stated, masterworks. Portraits, interiors, landscapes, architectural studies--Sargent's work in watercolor offers a great variety of subject matter, ranging from Arab gypsies to World War I soldiers, to masterful depictions of Venetian churches, to Florida swamp alligators.
Sargent carried his watercolors on his travels; They were ideally suited to capturing the scene, the light, the air, wherever he found himself. This book serves as a record of his travels,...


Sargent and Italy
Bruce Robertson
0691113289
Jan 2003
Hardcover
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From Booklist
This handsome volume explores, for the first time, the intimate link between American artist John Singer Sargent and Italy, the country of his birth. Born to American parents in 1856, Sargent traveled extensively throughout Europe. From childhood on, he was entranced with the Italian Renaissance, and, by age 12, he was sketching the artistic and scenic wonders of Italy, which became "the country he repeatedly returned to for inspiration and refreshment." Contrary to earlier studies that dismissed or minimized its influence, Robertson and his contributors view Italy as the foundation upon which Sargent built his magnificent oeuvre. In a series of groundbreaking essays, contributors explore the painter's early studies of Venetian scenes, his portraits and murals, landscapes and garden paintings, and what are referred to as...


Great Expectations
Barbara Dayer Gallati
0821261681
Oct 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Sargents reputation is often defined by his remarkable achievements as a painter of sophisticated society portraits. However, as this innovative examination of his career reveals, he created a significant number of childrens portraits and genre paintings featuring children. The title of the book makes ironic reference to Charles Dickenss famous novel Great Expectations, and is used here to suggest how Sargents paintings of children related to the expectations associated with representations of childhood in the art and literature of Sargents day. The book also traces how Sargent ultimately advanced childhood as an artistic subject. The book contains five essays by three notable curators and professors of fine arts, is illustrated with Sargents truly stunning and often lesser-known paintings of children, and includes...


John Singer Sargent
Richard Ormond
0300098065
Dec 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
This sumptuous book is the third volume of the definitive catalogue raisonnŽ 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...


Uncanny Spectacle
Marc Simpson
0300071779
June 1997
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Sargent's star is in the ascendancy this year, with a new catalog of the complete paintings soon expected from Yale. In the meantime, this exquisite catalog of 35 paintings chronicles the precocity and rapid maturity evident in the first decade of his career, beginning in 1877, when he initially exhibited in Paris, New York, and London. Lesser-known early portraits, seascapes, and Venetian street scenes are featured alongside such masterpieces as the sensational "Madame X" and "Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose." Descriptive catalog entries include excerpts from critical reviews. The accompanying scholarly texts by prominent curators concentrate on Sargent's training at the Atelier Carolus-Duran in Paris and on the early critical response. A detailed exhibition history for the period is also included, but there is no...


John Singer Sargent
Richard Ormond
0300072457
Apr 1998
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
This work, published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the result of 16 years of research, is the first volume of the definitive catalogue raisonne of Sargent's works in oil, watercolor, and pastel. This volume covers Sargent's formative years in France and England and his first professional trip to America in 1887. His subjects range from family and friends to writers and other artists, as well as the famous Robert Louis Stevenson looking gaunt and the actress Ellen Terry in her role as Lady MacBeth. It was also during this creative period that Sargent painted the well-known group portrait "The Daughters of Edward D. Boit" and the portrait of Madame Gautreau, the controversial and exotic "Madame X." The planned Volume 2 will cover Sargent from 1890 to the end of his career, bringing...


I Am Madame X
Gioia Diliberto
0743456807
May 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
Mystery is often more alluring than knowledge. A fictional memoir of the legendary American-born beauty Virginie Gautreau, the subject of John Singer Sargent's famous 1884 painting, Portrait of Madame X, Gioia Diliberto's I Am Madame X risks dashing cold water on one of the loveliest and most persistent mysteries in Western art history: what the model is thinking. Following in the footsteps of Tracy Chevalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring, though with much more historical documentation at her disposal, Diliberto gives voice to a woman whose memory rests on this single painting. A gem of Belle Époque Paris, Virginie Gautreau had fled Louisiana with her mother during the Civil War. Married at a young age to a French banker, she attracted every kind of attention with her unusual beauty and her daring fashion sense. Her...


John Singer Sargent: The Male Nudes
John Esten
0789302616
April 1999
Hardcover
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Book Review
The beauty and gentle eroticism of John Singer Sargent's paintings and drawings of nude males are the raison d'être of this otherwise somewhat slight book. Most are exquisitely languid, with such tender touches as a pink tinge on the buttocks of a boy lying prone on a beach in Capri, or two intimate "tommies"--privates in the World War I British Army--napping on a riverbank after a swim, heads together. Then there are a few nude wrestling matches, à la Eadweard Muybridge and D.H. Lawrence. And, as the author somewhat frantically insists, there are works that possess an "uplifting and spiritual aspect."

The wonder is that Sargent's sisters preserved these works--which the artist had kept private--after his death. They are thrilling, as much for Sargent's astonishing facility with a brushload of color as for...



John Singer Sargent
Trevor Fairbrother
0300087446
Dec 2000
Hardcover
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From Booklist
One of the most beloved American painters, Sargent (1856-1925) is lately undergoing critical reevaluation. Fairbrother concentrates on the quality in his work that, more than any other, appeals most powerfully to most viewers. Sargent was, museum official Mimi Gardner Gates says in the foreword, "a reserved person who made exuberant art." Essential to that exuberance is the keen attractiveness of the figures, male and female, clothed and nude, in his work. If they aren't all necessarily sexy, those that could be--robust adults--virtually always are, and few fail to evoke the desire to touch, even to caress, them. Fairbrother presents a ravishing selection of Sargent's paintings and graphic art as he explores the personal sources of the sensuousness of Sargent's work and the techniques he used to achieve it. An album of...


John Singer Sargent
Richard Ormond
0300090676
Nov 2002
Hardcover
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Choice
"[T]he most extensive provenance, publication, and exhibition histories to date. . . . [An] impressive package . . . an invaluable research tool for scholars. Essential."

Book Description
This gorgeous book is the second volume of the definitive catalogue raisonné of the work of the American painter John Singer Sargent (1856-1925). It comprises over onehundred and fifty formal portraits and portrait sketches in oil and watercolor that he painted between 1889 and 1900. The catalogued works have been grouped into chronological sections, each with its own introduction to set the particular group in context. In addition, an overall introduction places Sargent in the context of European portraiture of the past and of his own time. Each work is documented in depth: entries include...


John Singer Sargent
Elaine Kilmurray (Editor)
069100434X
October 1998
Hardcover
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Book Review
John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), the famous portrait painter, spent his childhood traveling around Europe with his American expatriate parents. After studying at Paris's Ecole des Beaux Arts, he launched his career at the Paris Salon. But scandal ensued after he exhibited his most famous portrait, Madame X. The daring (at the time) picture of a beautiful socialite in a provocative dress, her shoulder strap slipping off, created such a stir among its viewers that Sargent eventually repainted the strap into a more proper position and relocated to London. There he continued portrait painting. Creating lush images full of light and incredible brushwork, "[He] breathed new life into the tradition of grand manner portraiture. Like his great predecessors he made his sitters look nobler, more beautiful than they were in reality.......


Sargent Portrait Drawings
John S. Sargent
0486245241
Aug 1983
Paperback
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Book Description
Collection of portraits, selected from public and private holdings by art historian Trevor J. Fairbrother, reveal the technical skill and intuitive eye for which American portrait painter John Singer Sargent is renowned. Drawings in pencil, pastels and charcoal--a lesser-known aspect of Sargent's oeuvre--are shown. List of Plates. Introduction. Captions.


Art Masterpieces to Color: 60 Great Paintings from Botticellli to Picasso
Marty Noble
0486433811
June 2004
Coloring Book
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Six Women's Portraits Cards
John Singer Sargent
0486401421
June 1998

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Book Description
6 splendid full-color depictions of elegant society ladies by John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) appear in this collection: The Acheson Sisters, Mrs. Henry White, Mrs. Carl Meyer and Her Children, Millicent, Dutchess of Sutherland, Lady Agnew of Lochnaw, and Miss Helen Dunham.

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