John Sargent

John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925)

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John Singer Sargent
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John Singer Sargent was the son of Fitzwilliam Sargent and Mary Singer who were originally from Philadelphia. Born in Florence, Italy, John Singer Sargent constantly moved around Europe with his family.

As an amateur painter, his mother encouraged his interest and talent in art. Sargent attended many schools, starting with Accademia Dell Belle in Florence. His style was most influenced by the Impressionist movement, Master Frans Hals, Master Velazquez, and his own teacher, Carolus Duran. His two mediums were watercolors and oil paints.

In 1876, Sargent traveled to Philadelphia for the first time; it was there he started to paint portraits for which he was recognized as an outstanding artist. Later, in 1886, he moved to London and continued his reputation as a fashionable society portraitist. Most of his pieces were commissions from wealthy social figures.

He was elected an academician member, of the National Academy of Design in New York, The Royal Academy of Art in London, and the Legion of Honor in France.

In 1918 he was asked by the Britain's War Office to become the official war artist in France, sketching everything from the soldiers to wrecked buildings. His last assignment was a request to paint a piece regarding the victims of World War I.

On April 14, 1925, John passed away. Over his lifetime, Sargent produced about 900 oil paintings, 2,000 watercolors, and many sketches.


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On 30 Oct 2009 Angela Belisario wrote:

“Color is an inborn gift, but appreciation of value is merely training of the eye, which everyone ought to be able to acquire.” - John Singer Sargent

On 30 Oct 2009 Angela Belisario wrote:

Sargent preferred using watercolors opposed to oil pastels because where easier to capture the effect of realism. His watercolor pieces had a bigger variety of color in comparison to his oil paintings.

On 30 Oct 2009 Angela Belisario wrote:

Some of Sargent's portraits were of famous figures from business moguls, such as Sears and Rockefeller, to U.S. presidents, like Theodore Roosevelt.

On 30 Oct 2009 Angela Belisario wrote:

Sargent's most famous portrait was of Madame Pierre Gautreau, titled Portrait of Madame X. This portrait was considered so daring that he had fewer commissions after he revealed his piece in 1884. He later claimed it as "the best thing I (he) had done."

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On 30 Oct 2009 at 08:00 GMT Angela Belisario wrote:

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