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John Singer Sargent watercolors

Author: John Singer SargentErica E HirshlerTeresa A CarboneBrooklyn Museum,Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,All authors
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : MFA Publications ; Brooklyn, N.Y. : Brooklyn Museum, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
Exhibitions
Named Person: John Singer Sargent; John Singer Sargent; John Singer Sargent
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Singer Sargent; Erica E Hirshler; Teresa A Carbone; Brooklyn Museum,; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,
ISBN: 9780878467914 0878467912 9780878467921 0878467920
OCLC Number: 829243644
Notes: Published in conjunction with an exhibition held at the Brooklyn Museum, Apr. 5-Jul. 28, 2013; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Oct. 13, 2013-Jan. 20, 2014; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Mar. 2-May 26, 2014.
Description: 247 pages : chiefly illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 x 30 cm
Contents: Sargent and watercolor / Richard Ormond --
Sargent's watercolors: not for sale / Erica E. Hirshler --
In Venice / Erica E. Hirshler --
Water craft / Karen A. Sherry --
Arrangements in landscape / Janet Chen --
In Villa gardens / Teresa A. Carbone --
Bedouin encounter / Teresa A. Carbone --
Portraits at hand / Teresa A. Carbone --
Alpine summers / Janet Chen --
Idle hours / Connie H. Choi --
Mountain landscapes / Janet Chen --
The quarry / Karen A. Sherry --
Approaching the modern / Karen A. Sherry --
Sunlight on stone / Teresa A. Carbone --
Bringing back something fine / Annette Manick and Antoinette Owen.
Other Titles: Watercolors
Responsibility: Erica E. Hirshler and Teresa A. Carbone ; introduction by Richard Ormond ; technical essay by Annette Manick and Antoinette Owen ; contributions by Karen A. Sherry, Janet Chen, and Connie H. Choi.

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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.

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