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The early portraits in this book range from private images of Sargent's family and friends to studies of writers and fellow artists and formal portraits of Parisian celebrities and patrons in France, England, and America. These include his most controversial work, Madame Gautreau, and studies of some of the major artistic figures of the day: Claude Monet, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Ellen Terry in her role as Lady Macbeth.
Each work is catalogued in depth, with a biographical account of the sitter, a discussion of the contemporary context of the painting, and a detailed provenance, exhibition history, and bibliography. Almost all of the paintings are shown, mostly in color, including some that have never been reproduced before. The fruit of some sixteen years of research, this valuable reference provides a broad and comprehensive view of Sargent's art.
Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Publisher: Yale University Press
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 2177 g
Dimensions: 311 x 248 x 31 mm
"This beautifully illustrated volume . . . is the first in a massive study which will document the painter's 600-odd portraits and 1,700 subject pictures and landscapes in oil and water-color. . . . The notes accompanying each illustration are illuminating and well written and the Introduction helps those who only know Sargent as the painter of grand English ladies to see what a great painter he was."-Contemporary Review
". . . the Sargent volumes set a model for generosity and accessibility."-Marc Simpson, Burlington Magazine
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