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JSS is regarded as perhaps the best portraitists of the 20th century. He is well recognized for his depiction of the elegance & extravagance of the Gilded Age.

Self-Portrait, 1906

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Also, he was well known for capturing the β€˜unique character’ of his subjects which sometimes disconcerted his clients.

Lady Helen Vincent, Viscountess of d'Abernon.1904.

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JSS also enjoyed painting landscapes in oil & watercolors & painted ambitious & well executed murals for severalΒ significant buildings in Boston & Cambridge

Lady Helen Vincent, Viscountess of d'Abernon.1904.

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JSS was born in 1856, in Italy of American parents descended from early New England settlers. In 1874, recognizing his talent, his father accompanied him to Paris to study art.

Lady Agnew of Lohnaw - 1892

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JSS attended Γ‰cole des Beaux Arts & studied under Carolus-Duran who taught Sargent the alla prima technique of Velazquez emphasizing the placement of decisive single brush strokes.

Charlotte Cram

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Carolus-Duran encouraged JSS to break free of the rigidity of the old masters' style & emphasized skipping the step of making detailed sketches.

Dorothy

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Instead encouraged JSS to head straight to the canvas with a paintbrush.

Cara Burch

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JSS’s later works would be recognized for their immediacy, emotional depth and refined technique.

Mrs. Abbott Lawrence Rotch

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Initially JSS enjoyed landscapes perhaps due the influence of his friends Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro.

Venetian Canal Palazzo Beide

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Beatrice Townsend - 1882

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But later Carolus-Duran steered him toward portraits as a practical way to make a living.

Mrs. George Swinton

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Sargent experimented with impressionism,Β naturalism & realism, pushing the boundaries of the genres.

Morning Walk, 1888

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However he was mindful about making sure his work remained acceptable to theΒ traditionalists of the AcadΓ©mie des Beaux Arts.

La Carmencita - 1890

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The painting, "Oyster Gatherers of Cancale"Β (1878), was his first major success, bringing him recognition by the Salon at the age of 22.

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Sargent traveled every year, including trips to the United States, Spain, Holland, Venice, and exotic locations.

In a Garden, Corfu (Jane Emmet de Glehn)

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He traveled to Tangier in 1879-80 where he was struck by the light of North Africa, and was inspired to paint "The Smoke of Ambergris"Β (1880).

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β€œThe Smoke of Ambergris" (above) was lauded at the Paris salon of 1880 & Sargent became known as one of the most important young impressionists in Paris.

Arthur James Balfor - 1908

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However his "Portrait of Madame X," caused quite the uproar at the 1884 Salon. (Oh my! So much flesh!) Originally, one of the straps was slightly askew, but corrected when the client protested.

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Madame Gautreau’s β€˜haughty expression combined with the very low cut gown, sinewy seemingly boneless arms’ spat the critics about Madame X.

Robert Louis Stevenson - 1887Β 

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Post the Madame X debacle, commissions were few so he returned to painting impressionist landscapes highly influenced by his visits with his friend Claude Monet.

A Gust of Wind (c 1886-7)

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Having gained notoriety rather than fame, JSS moved permanently to England in 1886.

Miss Helen Dunham

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JSS’s fortune changed in 1887 when he exhibited Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose at the Royal Academy in 1887 and won acclaim with English critics.

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By the 1890s British patrons responded with many commissions. However by the turn of the century he tired of portraits (clients) & favored painting murals & watercolors.

Rio dell Angelo - 1902

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With the rise of the more avant guard modern art movement, such as Cubism & Futurism, he focused on establishing his reputation as a watercolorist.

"A Landscape Study at San Viglio, Lake of Garda" 1913.

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Boat with The Golden Sail San Vigilio

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Scuola di San Rocco - 1903 Venice is misidentified up thread as this painting Venetian Canal Palazzo

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Unloading Boats in Venice - 1904

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Miss Helen Dunham

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Video of John Singer Sargent’s Murals

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Rainy Day on the Deck of the Yacht Constellation - 1924
(One of his last paintings)

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Additional reading for a deeper dive:

telegraph.co.uk/art/artists/th…

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Please βœ”οΈout #PopArt, #GermanExpressionism, #PreRaphaelites, #Dadaism #Surrealism. #Bauhaus & #AshCanSchool #Fauvism #Futurism #Vorticism #DeStijl #Supremacism #MaxfieldParrish

Next up?

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