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Sargent, John Singer 1856-1925

Works: 1,040 works in 1,543 publications in 3 languages and 43,491 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Exhibition catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Personal narratives‡vBritish  Catalogs  Art  Juvenile works  Fiction  Personal narratives 
Roles: Illustrator, Artist, Honoree, Other, Collector, Dedicatee
Classifications: ND237.S3, 759.13
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Most widely held works by John Singer Sargent
Seven pillars of wisdom : a triumph by T. E Lawrence ( Book )
8 editions published between 1935 and 1991 in English and held by 3,458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The classic account of the Arab tribes' guerrilla warfare against Turkish forces during World War II and of Lawrence's part in and reflections on that warfare
John Singer Sargent : complete paintings by John Singer Sargent ( Book )
27 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 1,770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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. - Sargent chose to participate in only two major watercolor exhibitions in the United States during his lifetime, both at the urging of his friend and co-exhibitor Edward Darley Boit. The first, held in New York and Boston in 1909, was a sensation, and its entire contents was purchased by the Brooklyn Museum. The paintings exhibited in the equally acclaimed second show, in 1912, were scooped up by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. John Singer Sargent Watercolors reunites nearly one hundred works from these two collections for the first time. Together they trace Sargent's path across Europe and the Middle East as he explored the subjects and themes that habitually attracted his attention: sunlight on stone, reclining figures, patterns of light and shadow. Lavishly illustrated and enhanced by biographical and technical essays, this publication introduces readers to the full sweep of Sargent's accomplishments in this medium, in works that delight the eye as well as challenge our understanding of this prodigiously gifted artist
Strapless : John Singer Sargent and the fall of Madame X by Deborah Davis ( Book )
4 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 942 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A biography of the painter and his most famous work, looking at the woman who was the subject and the controversy the painting caused
John Singer Sargent : paintings, drawings, watercolors by Richard Ormond ( Book )
4 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 903 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
John Singer Sargent : the sensualist by Trevor J Fairbrother ( Book )
3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The art of John Singer Sargent is extraodinarily sensual. The paintings depict and celebrate sources of pleasure - enchanting places, intriguing objects, and striking individuals. In this book, Trevor Fairbrother argues that viewing the artist as a sensualist connects otherwise conflicting elements of his oeuvre and offers a new interpretation of his life and work." "Fairbrother discusses the complex currents in Sargent's life, analyzes how these shaped his work, and shows how his skills as a draftsman formed the foundation for his rapid, broadly brushed painting style. The book is lavishly illustrated with numerous examples of Sargent's oils, watercolors, and sketches - in particular his portraits and studies of models and dancers - that amply demonstrate the sensual aspect of his art."--BOOK JACKET
The watercolors of John Singer Sargent by Carl Little ( Book )
4 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 799 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) stands among the great watercolorists, shoulder to shoulder with J. M. W. Turner, Winslow Homer and other masters of this difficult medium. Sargent's early watercolor sketches served as studies for oil paintings and portrait commissions. After 1900 watercolor became the preferred medium for expressing his personal artistic vision. Often spontaneous, these watercolors are masterworks." "This first comprehensive survey devoted solely to Sargent's watercolors contains over 150 works in color - many of them never before reproduced." "Carl Little's text places the artist's accomplishments in the context of his life and times and discusses his extraordinary watercolor technique."--BOOK JACKET
Sargent's Daughters : the biography of a painting by Erica E Hirshler ( Book )
4 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sargent's painting, The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, both explores and defies convention, crossing the boundaries between portrait and genre scene, formal composition and casual snapshot
American drawings and watercolors in the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Kevin J Avery ( Book )
3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The Museum's collection illuminates all aspects of Sargent's career. The drawings and watercolors in particular reflect his activity outside the portrait studio: his sojourns in Spain, Morocco and elsewhere in North Africa, and in the Middle East; his enduring fascination with Venice; his holidays in the Italian lake district and the Alps; his tours of North America, including Florida and the Rocky Mountains; his visit as an official war artist to the western front in 1918; and his work as a muralist at the Boston Public Library, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Harvard University's Widener Library."--BOOK JACKET
Uncanny spectacle : the public career of the young John Singer Sargent by Marc Simpson ( Book )
4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The authors contend the canvases present a fresh view of Sargent's aspirations and ambitions, representing a metaphoric self-portrait of the artist as a young man. The early paintings, their relationship to one another, and their reception also shed light on the complex, cosmopolitan art world in which Sargent lived
John Singer Sargent by Carter Ratcliff ( Book )
13 editions published between 1982 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 497 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the life and career of nineteenth-century American artist John Singer Sargent, looking at his oil portraits, watercolors, and murals, and includes over three hundred illustrations in color and black-and-white
John Singer Sargent by Kate F Jennings ( Book )
18 editions published between 1979 and 2006 in English and German and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sargent and the sea by Sarah Cash ( Book )
4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the Publisher: As a young man the American painter John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was passionate about the sea and deeply knowledgeable about ships and seafaring. Between the ages of 18 and 23 he started his career as a professional painter with a remarkable range of maritime works that form the subject of this exhibition and book. The key works are the two versions of the Oyster Gatherers of Cancale, painted in 1878 on the northern coast of Brittany in France, and the group of studies and sketches around them. The authors relate Sargent's freely handled marine drawings, large and small, to his watercolors, oil sketches, and finished oil paintings of marine subjects. The works demonstrate his transition from a plein-air painter to a tonalist exploring interiors and urban scenes. Also presented is a unique scrapbook, held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, that includes more than 50 drawings and sketches, mostly of sea scenes, and postcards and commercial photography of works of art, architecture, and tourist views. This scrapbook provides an intimate glimpse at the thoughts and experiences of the young artist on his first European voyage
John Singer Sargent : the male nudes by John Esten ( Book )
4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Published on occasion of the major Sargent retrospective traveling to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1999, John Singer Sargent: The Male Nudes brings to light a fascinating portion of Sargent's work long hidden from the public eye. Beginning in his adolescence, and throughout his distinguished career, John Singer Sargent, the celebrated painter of patricians, produced a superbly rendered, uninhibited book of work that was rarely seen and never exhibited: the male nudes. Models were a significant aspect of the great painter's profession, whether they were commission-producing society "sitters" or professional models used as reference for his three Boston mural projects or works created for his private enjoyment--one young Italian model stayed in the artist's employ for nearly twenty-six years. Sargent's enduring subject was capturing the "human form divine" in portraits of the fashionable and famous and the absolute male. Over the last century, these little-known works have been dispersed to museum archives and private collections throughout the United States and Great Britain. John Esten has unearthed the most extraordinary of these images, ranging from vibrant watercolors and oil paintings to charcoal studies, published here for the first time in a single volume. -- from publisher description
Great expectations : John Singer Sargent painting children by Barbara Dayer Gallati ( Book )
6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Carnation, lily, lily, rose : the story of a painting by Hugh Brewster ( Book )
2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The story of a little girl who takes part in the creation of John Singer Sargent's well-loved painting
Sargent watercolors by Donelson F Hoopes ( Book )
3 editions published between 1970 and 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Volume two of watercolors by John Sargent
Sargent : painting out-of-doors by John Esten ( Book )
2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Stunning collection of the artist's work created on his annual holidays
The desert and the sown : the Syrian adventures of the female Lawrence of Arabia by Gertrude Lowthian Bell ( Book )
6 editions published between 1907 and 2001 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"By the standards of any age, the life of Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) was extraordinary. During her travels in the Middle East, she rode with bandits; was captured by Bedouins; and sojourned in a harem. Her colleagues and friends included Winston Churchill, T. E. Lawrence, and Arabian sheiks. During World War I she worked for British intelligence and later played a crucial role in creating the modern Middle East." "Bell's adventurous career belied her privileged upbringing and sharply contrasted with an era when the parlor and the nursery marked the expected, conventional boundaries of an Englishwoman's life. (Still, it would take Bell a dozen years to be recognized by, and admitted to, the patriarchal Royal Geographical Society.)" "Passionate about Arabia, then an inhospitable land of nomadic and warring tribes under Turkish control, she wrote this now classic account of her 1905 trip across the Syrian Desert from Jericho to Antioch. To read it is to be transported."--BOOK JACKET
A touch of blossom : John Singer Sargent and the queer flora of fin-de-siècle art by Alison Syme ( Book )
3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Explores the art of John Singer Sargent in the context of nineteenth-century botany, gynecology, literature, and visual culture. Argues that the artist was elaborating both a period poetics of homosexuality and a new sense of subjectivity, anticipating certain aspects of artistic modernism"--Résumé de l'éditeur
John Singer Sargent : drawings from the Corcoran Gallery of Art by Edward J Nygren ( Book )
3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
John Singer Sargent
Sargeant, John Singer
Sargent, John
Sargent, John S.
Sargent, John S. 1856-1925
Singer Sargent, John 1856-1925
サージェント, ジョン・シンガー
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