John Singer Sargent  (American, 1856-1925) 

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John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925) was the most well-known portrait painter of his era, producing over 900 oil paintings and 2,000 watercolors during his lifetime, as well as numerous sketches and drawings. Though considered to be an American artist, Sargent was born in Florence, Italy, and was educated in Italy and Germany, before moving to Paris to study under Charles Emile Auguste Carolus-Duran (French, 1838–1917). In his early career, Sargent was heavily influenced by the Impressionist movement, as well as by Old Masters and Renaissance artists, including Diego Velazquez (Spanish, 1599–1660) and Frans Hals (Dutch, 1581–1666).

In the 1880s, Sargent regularly exhibited work at the Paris Salon, until 1884, when his most controversial work, Portrait of Madame X, caused such an uproar that he was obliged to move to London to avoid further scandal. The original portrait showed Madame Gautreau, an American socialite living in Paris, with one strap of her dress suggestively slipped over her shoulder (which was quickly repainted).

In London, Sargent soon re-established himself as a portraitist, and through the patronage of several members of London’s upper class, his fame and popularity rose to unprecedented heights. Sargent spent a lot of his time painting outside in the English countryside, and continued to travel throughout Europe for the rest of his life. In 1885, Sargent visited Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926) in Giverny, where he painted one of his most impressionistic portraits of the famous artist. Though not generally considered to be an Impressionist painter, Sargent often employed impressionistic techniques in his work.

Sargent died of a heart attack in London in 1925 at the age of 69.

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John Singer Sargent, The Church Of The Nativity And The Armenian Monastery Bethlehem

 

John Singer Sargent
The Church Of The Nativity And The Armenian Monastery Bethlehem
The Taylor Gallery - London
John Singer Sargent, Clementina Anstruther Thomson

 

John Singer Sargent
Clementina Anstruther Thomson
A. Prayias Fine Art Inc.
John Singer Sargent, A Game of Chess

 

John Singer Sargent
A Game of Chess
circa 1907

Adelson Galleries Boston
John Singer Sargent, Mary Potter

 

John Singer Sargent
Mary Potter
circa 1921-1924

Adelson Galleries Boston
John Singer Sargent, Study for Apollo and the Muses

 

John Singer Sargent
Study for Apollo and the Muses
circa 1921

Adelson Galleries Boston
John Singer Sargent, Studies for Medusa

 

John Singer Sargent
Studies for Medusa
1921-1925

Adelson Galleries Boston
John Singer Sargent, Figure Bending Over

 

John Singer Sargent
Figure Bending Over
1874-1878

Adelson Galleries Boston
John Singer Sargent, Jerusalem

 

John Singer Sargent
Jerusalem
circa 1905-1906

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John Singer Sargent, Port Scene II

 

John Singer Sargent
Port Scene II
circa 1879

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John Singer Sargent, Interior of a shop, Cairo (or Tailor's shop, Cairo)

 

John Singer Sargent
Interior of a shop, Cairo (or Tailor's shop, Cairo), 1905
watercolor over pencil on board

 

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John Singer Sargent, Button, button, Shaw's got the button (Dr. Dunham's button)

 

John Singer Sargent
Button, button, Shaw's got the button (Dr. Dunham's button)
oil on canvas laid on cardstock

 

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John Singer Sargent, Portrait of Willia Alice Wilson Page (1858-1942)

 

John Singer Sargent
Portrait of Willia Alice Wilson Page (1858-1942), 1919
charcoal on paper

 

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  War artist for British Ministry of Information
  Died London, England
  Madame X is exhibited at the Salon in Paris Paris, France
  Commissioned to paint Boston Public Library Murals Boston, MA
  Studies drawing at the École des Beaux-Arts
  Exhibits 86 watercolors at Knoedler & Co. New York, NY
  Born Florence, Italy
1999   John Singer Sargent Retrospective Exhibition, National Gallery of Art Washington, DC
1999   John Singer Sargent Retrospective Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA
1998 - 1999   John Singer Sargent Retrospective Exhibition, Tate Gallery London, England
1997 - 1999   Sargent Abroad, An Exhibition, Adelson Galleries New York, NY
1992   El Jaleo, The National Gallery of Art Washington, DC
1986 - 1987   John Singer Sargent, Whitney Museum of Art New York, NY
1986   Sargent at Broadway, the Impressionist Years, Coe Kerr Gallery New York, NY
1967   Drawings by John Singer Sargent in the Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Corcoran Gallery of Art Washington, DC
1926   Memorial Exhibition, Royal Academy London, England
1926   Memorial Exhibition, Metropolitan Museum New York, NY
1888   St. Botolph Club Boston, MA