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John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925)

John Singer Sargent
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Died at age 69 in London, Englandmap
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American expatriate artist, considered the leading portrait painter of his generation.

John Singer Sargent was born January 12, 1856.[1][2][3] He was the son of Fitz William 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.

In 1885-1886 John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) painted the picture Carnation Lily Lily Rose using Alice Marion Barnard (1873-1946) (Molly) and Dorothy Barnard (1877 - 1949) (Dolly) as his models. The Barnards were friends of the artist, and the painting was at Farnham House, Broadway.

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 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.[4] He is buried at Brookwood Cemetery in Brookwood, Surrey, England, United Kingdom.[5][6]

Over his lifetime, Sargent produced about 900 oil paintings, 2,000 watercolors, and many sketches.


  1. United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925, John S Sargent, 1915; citing Passport Application, France, source certificate #49276, Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925, 234
  2. United States Passport Applications, 1795-192 John S Sargent, 1918; citing Passport Application, Massachusetts, United States, source certificate #9553, Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925, 486.
  3. United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925, John S Sargent, 1922; citing Passport Application, Massachusetts, United States, source certificate #231295, Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925, 2133.
  4. England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957, John Singer Sargent, 13 Jun 1925; citing Probate, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, Great Britain.
  5. England, Surrey Parish Registers, 1536-1992, John Singer Sargent, 18 Apr 1925; citing Burial, , London Metropolitan Archives, England.
  6. Find A Grave, memorial page for John Singer Sargent (12 Jan 1856–14 Apr 1925), Find a Grave Memorial no. 20246, citing Brookwood Cemetery, Brookwood, Woking Borough, Surrey, England.

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“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
posted 30 Oct 2009 by Angela Belisario
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.
posted 30 Oct 2009 by Angela Belisario
Some of Sargent's portraits were of famous figures from business moguls, such as Sears and Rockefeller, to U.S. presidents, like Theodore Roosevelt.
posted 30 Oct 2009 by Angela Belisario
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."
posted 30 Oct 2009 by Angela Belisario
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