John Singer Sargent watercolors

John Singer Sargent, 1856-1925

Book - 2012

John Singer Sargent's approach to watercolor was unconventional. Disregarding contemporary aesthetic standards that called for carefully delineated and composed landscapes filled with transparent washes, his confidently bold, dense strokes, loosely defined forms, and unexpected vantage points startled critics and fellow practitioners alike. One reviewer of an exhibition in London proclaimed him "an eagle in a dove-cote"; another called his work "swagger" watercolors. For... Sargent, watercolors were not so much about swagger as about a renewed and liberated approach to painting. His vision became more personal and his works began to interconnect as he considered the way one image--often of friends or favorite places--enhanced another.

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Boston : Brooklyn : MFA Publications ; Brooklyn Museum c2012.
1st ed
Item Description
Published in conjunction with an exhibition held at the Brooklyn Museum, Apr. 5-Jul. 28, 2013; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Oct. 13, 2013-Jan. 20, 2014; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Mar. 2-May 26, 2014.
Physical Description
247 p. : chiefly ill. (chiefly col.) ; 25 x 30 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
John Singer Sargent, 1856-1925 (-)
Corporate Authors
Brooklyn Museum (-), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Other Authors
Erica E. Hirshler (-), Teresa A. Carbone, Janet Chen, Connie H. Choi, Annette Manick, Antoinette Owen, Karen A. Sherry
  • Sargent and watercolor / Richard Ormond
  • Sargent's watercolors: Not for sale / Erica E. Hirshler
  • In Venice / Erica E. Hirshler
  • Water craft / Karen A. Sherry
  • Arrangements in landscape / Janet Chen
  • In Villa gardens / Teresa A. Carbone
  • Bedouin encounter / Teresa A. Carbone
  • Portraits at hand / Teresa A. Carbone
  • Alpine summers / Janet Chen
  • Idle hours / Connie H. Choi
  • Mountain landscapes / Janet Chen
  • The quarry / Karen A. Sherry
  • Approaching the modern / Karen A. Sherry
  • Sunlight on stone / Teresa A. Carbone
  • Bringing back something fine / Annette Manick and Antoinette Owen.
Review by Choice Review

This beautifully illustrated catalogue of an exhibition on Sargent organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Brooklyn Museum, documents a lesser-known aspect of the career of this Gilded Age portraitist and American expatriate. In addition to introducing a new audience to Sargent's watercolors, an unfamiliar facet of his work for many, the catalogue details how and when the two museums acquired their holdings. Thus it gives readers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the early collecting practices of these beloved institutions. The reproduction values in the catalogue are excellent and enhanced by strong production values. Augmenting the images and layout are short essays by leading Sargent experts: Hirshler (MFA), Carbone (Brooklyn Museum), and Richard Ormond. The essays are particularly informative since they are organized by subject matter--Venetian scenes, landscape views, villa gardens, and the Alps, along with figure studies of Bedouin tribesmen, and of friends and family. Thus the essays expose the wide-ranging pictorial interests of this enterprising artist, captured in that most effervescent of media--watercolor. Summing Up: Highly recommended, Upper-level undergraduates through specialists, and the general, art-loving public. S. Webster emerita, Lehman College and the Graduate Center CUNY

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