Sunday, March 16, 2008

John Singer Sargent

Rehearsal of th Pasdeloup Orchestra at the Cirque d'Hiver (1876). Oil on canvas 21 x 18 in. - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

"Sargent was a talented amateur musician and often played the piano for his friends. When he was given the opportunity to attend rehearsals of the celebrated orchestra of Jules-Etienne Pasdeloup he took his sketchbook with him, making the finished painting in his studio. " (Edmund Swinglehurst)
John Singer Sargent was most known for his portraiture, and I have referenced him many a time to see how he would handle something I'm having a problem with in my own paintings. I'll have to post some paintings that he is more known for later in the week. For now, here is a short bio...
"Sargent, 1856-1925. US portrait painter. Born in Florence of American parents he studied there and in Paris, then settled in London around 1885. He was a fashionable and prolific painter. Sargent left Paris after a scandal concerning his mildly erotic portrait Madame Gautreau 1884 (Met, NYC). Later, subjects included the actress Ellen Terry, President Theodore Roosevelt, and the writer Robert Louis Stevenson. He also painted watercolor landscapes and murals." (Brockhampton)

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