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Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends

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'Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends unites informative essays by noted scholars with a wealth of imagery to offer fresh insights into Sargent’s life and work. The book also includes drawings, early works, a richly illustrated chronology, and new research, making it one of the most comprehensive volumes on this renowned American painter' - Artdailycom

An Artist in His Studio' (circa 1904) - Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends

Accompanying a major exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and National Portrait Gallery, this is the first book devoted to the self-commissioned portraits of John Singer Sargent (1856 – 1925).

He was closely connected to many of the other leading artists, writers, actors and musicians of the time. His portraits of these friends and contemporaries, including Auguste Rodin, Claude Monet and Robert Louis Stevenson, were rarely commissioned and allowed him to create more intimate and experimental works than was possible in his formal portraiture.

Structured thematically and according to the places Sargent worked and lived—Paris, London, New York, Italy, and the Alps—this book unites informative essays by noted scholars with a wealth of imagery to offer fresh insights into Sargent’s life and work. 

  • Authors: Richard Ormond, Samuel H. Kress Professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C 
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Date published: February 2015
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1855145450
  • Product Dimensions: 31 x 25.3 x 2.4 cm

'In this fine exhibition of paintings of his friends, Sargent emerges as a more complex, multifaceted artist than the society portraitist he has sometimes been derided as. Unlike in his commissioned portraits, here revelation of characters takes precedence over the visual panache' -  The Daily Telegraph

'Anyone who enjoys the art of painting is bound to find endless charm, skill and virtuosity in Sargent's work. This exhibition, which focuses on pictures of friends, writers, musicians, actors and fellow artists, emphasises the best in him. The fun and verve are not kept on a leash, as they tended to be in his portraits of the grand and the plutocratic' - The Spectator

'Walking into this exhibition is like being a fly on the wall at a late nineteenth-century soirée of the in-crowd ... His use of tonal expression and elegant composition flows throughout these paintings ... Sargent always retained a swift ease. The way he applies paint is delightfully contemplative.' - Time Out

'Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends, written by Richard Ormond, one of the foremost authorities on the artist, showcases Sargent’s cosmopolitan career in a new light—through his bold portraits of artists, writers, actors, and musicians, many of them his close friends—giving us a picture of the artist as an intellectual and connoisseur of the music, art, and literature of his day. . . . Accompanying [major exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery and The Metropolitan Museum of Art], this is the first book devoted to the entire career of this renowned American painter through these brilliant portraits.' - Art Fix Daily

'Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends unites informative essays by noted scholars with a wealth of imagery to offer fresh insights into Sargent’s life and work. The book also includes drawings, early works, a richly illustrated chronology, and new research, making it one of the most comprehensive volumes on this renowned American painter.'Artdaily.org