Sargent, John Singer

Sargent, John Singer (1856-1925). An expatriate American, he showed remarkable technical precocity as a painter. After studying with Carolus-Duran, he achieved a great reputation for his portraits, employing a style that could be seen as derived from Velázquez by way of Manet. Moving in the circle of the Impressionists, he came to know most of them, and they reacted to his work in varying ways. Degas, as might have been expected, was brutally dismissive; Pissarro, in sending his son to see him in London, where Sargent spent the major part of his working life, described him as `an adroit performer'; but with Monet he had a close and mutually profitable relationship. In the 1880s he began to paint landscapes that were overtly Impressionist in technique and approach, despite a certain superficiality. At this time he visited Monet at Giverny on several occasions, painting two memorable portraits of him: Claude Monet Painting at the Edge of a Wood (c.1885; Tate Gallery, London) and Claude Monet in his Bateau-Atelier (1887; National Gallery of Art, Washington). Although Monet was later to deny that Sargent was an Impressionist, this was unjust, especially in relation to some of his works in the 1880s and 1890s. Indeed, Sargent's technique for painting large canvases out of doors, as evinced in Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose (1885-86; Tate Gallery, London), was to be of use to Monet in his larger compositions. Sargent persuaded Monet to exhibit at the New English Art Club, and at the Leicester Galleries in London.

583 x 476 50.3K
50.3K, 583 x 476

Claude Monet Painting at the Edge of a Wood
Painted: 1887
Tate Gallery
In a Medici Villa
Painted: 1907
A fountain on a sunny day.
Typical light and shadow.
Brooklyn Museum
New York

504 x 729 46.9K
46.9K, 504 x 729

456 x 737 51.9K
51.9K, 456 x 737

Painted: 1907
(The title refers to gardens
in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence)
Brooklyn Museum
New York

Mrs. Joshua Montgomery Sears
Painted: 1899
Oil on canvas
147.6 x 96.8 cm
Museum of Fine Arts

717 x 1152 114.4K
114.4K, 717 x 1152

1024 x 763 97.6K
97.6K, 1024 x 763

In a Hayloft
(Fellow artists Raffaelli and Pollonera
sheltering from rain in a hayloft.) Painted: 1904-1907
Brooklyn Museum
New York