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Interpreting Sargent

Author: Elizabeth Prettejohn
Publisher: New York : Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1999.
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"John Singer Sargent's portraits probed the relationship between surface appearance and psychological depth. They sought out the tensions between class identity and individual personality. Not only in his portraits, but also in his landscapes, figure subjects, and mural paintings. Sargent's 'magical' style compels us to question our perceptions of surface and substance, illusion and reality." "Sargent's celebrity as  Read more...
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Prettejohn, Elizabeth.
Interpreting Sargent.
New York : Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1999
(OCoLC)607093408
Named Person: John Singer Sargent
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Prettejohn
ISBN: 1556707282 9781556707285
OCLC Number: 40578206
Notes: "Published to coincide with a major retrospective at The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston"--P. [4] of cover.
Description: 80 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. ports. ; 22 cm.
Contents: On the brink of modernity --
France --
Britain --
America --
The modern art of protraiture.
Responsibility: Elizabeth Prettejohn.

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"John Singer Sargent's portraits probed the relationship between surface appearance and psychological depth. They sought out the tensions between class identity and individual personality. Not only in his portraits, but also in his landscapes, figure subjects, and mural paintings. Sargent's 'magical' style compels us to question our perceptions of surface and substance, illusion and reality." "Sargent's celebrity as the favored painter of the upper classes has compromised his reputation in the twentieth century. His portraits are often accused of glossing over social realities, sacrificing psychological depth to superficial brilliance. In this concise, beautifully illustrated introduction to Sargent's work, spanning France, England, and America, Elizabeth Prettejohn reinterprets his career."--BOOK JACKET.

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