I have to admit I love Sargent's work. Sure he traveled in effete circles, didn't starve to produce his art and didn't cut off any appendages in a fit of passion. But he was a heck of a painter and whether one views his portraits, landscapes, watercolors or oils you see talent born of years of practice. Living a childhood as a nomad traveling Europe with his parents, taught to paint watercolors following his mother's example and encouragement, he developed into a phenomenon of talent. And this book exposes the reader to a selection of those skills. Only complaint is that in an effort to present the entire works of Sargent through a series of books, no one book by the authors will have all of Sargent's most famous works. This one is very good however, for Sargent's portraits included are among his best.
If you like Sargest and dream of having all the books by these authors, this is a good one to start with.
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John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1874-1882; Complete Paintings: Volume IV: 04 Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 September 2006
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Richard Ormond is a Sargent scholar and an independent art historian. He is author or co-author of books on Sargent, Landseer, Winterhalter, and Lord Leighton, and he is a great-nephew of John Singer Sargent. Elaine Kilmurray, co-author and research director of the John Singer Sargent catalogue raisonné project, was co-curator of the exhibition Sargent and Italy in 2002–3 and of the Sargent retrospective which opened at the Tate, London, in 1998.
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A must for Sargent fans13 July 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
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Awesome Selection of Sargent's Work20 July 2007 - Published on Amazon.com
The color reproductions are awesome. This books is a collection of Sargent's less known work which is refreshing. Some oils are not as polished as the more well known work which helps to show his technique in early stages---a plus to serious professionals and students. To me, this book provided a wealth of visual clues to understanding his thought process and technical principles. The writing, however, is the typical stuff used to fill most coffee table books. No insight whatsoever into Sargent's painting principles, tonal procedures or color palette. The author obviously knows little in that regard but there is so much information out there the text could have been more illuminating. Buy it for the reproduction quality and awesome collection of works. Worth every penny in that regard.
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An Interesting and Beautiful Book9 October 2011 - Published on Amazon.com
This volume on Sargent is a big one, with beautiful, high quality reproductions showing a variety of wonderful and interesting paintings. A surprising number of the paintings are unfinished; they are early works of a man learning his craft. For a practicing artist, that makes them especially interesting and even encouraging. One can see Sargent trying many things and learning from them, which is what any student of painting does. This is a very interesting book.
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Sargent3 May 2021 - Published on Amazon.com
Bought for girlfriend who's an artist. She loved it.