Wednesday, 12 March 2014

John Singer Sargent - part 5

885c John Singer Sargent in his Paris studio. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
John Singer Sargent (1866 - 1925) was an American artist, considered the "leading portrait painter of his generation" for his evocation of Edwardian era luxury. During his career he created approximately 900 oil paintings and more than 2000 watercolours, as well as countless sketches and charcoal drawings. His oeuvre documents worldwide travel, from Venice to the Tyrol, Corfu, the Middle East, Montana, Maine and Florida, amongst others.

This is part-5 of a 23-part post on the works of John Singer Sargent. For full biographical notes see part 1. For earlier works see parts 1 - 4 also.


1882c Leaving Church, Campo San Canciano, Venice oil on canvas Private Collection

1882c Mrs. Daniel Sargent Curtis graphite on wove paper 16 x 9.5 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

1882c Portico di San Rocco oil on canvas 42.2 x 32.4 cm Private Collection

1882c Venetian Courtyard oil on canvas 71.7 x 80.6 cm Collection of Mrs. John Hay Whitney

1882c Via della Brache, Florence oil on canvas 45.7 x 54.6 cm Private Collection

1883 Jaques Barenton oil on canvas 57.1 x 45.7 cm Private Collection

1883 Margaret Stuyvesant Rutherfurd White (Mrs. Henry White) oil on canvas 225.1 x 143.8 cm Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

1883 Mrs. Waldo Story oil on canvas 110.5 x 73.1 cm Private Collection
1883-84 Madame X
It was a dress that caused the greatest stir of Sargent's career. Painting a portrait of Madame Pierre Gautreau, Sargent emphasised her daring personal style, showing the right strap of her gown slipping from her shoulder. When finally displayed at the Salon of 1884, the portrait received scathing reviews and the subject and her family were mortified. Sargent repainted the shoulder strap and kept the work for over thirty years. When, eventually, he sold it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, he commented, "I suppose it is the best thing I have done," but asked the Museum to disguise the sitter's name.

1883-84 Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau) oil on canvas 208.6 x 109.9 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

1884 Study of Madame Gautreau oil on canvas 206.4 x 107.9 cm Tate, London

1883-84c Profile of Madame Gautreau graphite on beige paper 21 x 15 cm Musées Nationaux, Paris

1883-84 Madame Gautreau graphite on wove paper 31.9 x 21 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

1883c Two studies for Madame X graphite on paper Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


1882 Madame Gautreau Drinking a Toast oil on canvas 31.8 x 40.6 cm Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston MA

1882c Study of Madame Gautreau 29.2 x 21 cm Private Collection

1883 Madame Gautreau graphite and watercolour on wove paper 35.5 x 25.2 cm Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Cambridge MA

1883 Madame Gautreau graphite on wove paper 24.6 x 26.6 cm Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Cambridge MA

1883-84 Madame Gautreau Sketch graphite on wove paper 24.6 x 33.5 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


1883-84 Mrs. Harry Vane Milbank oil on canvas 188.6 x 90.8 cm Private Collection

1883-84 Nice oil on canvas 46.3 x 64.4 cm Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg PA

1883-84 The Breakfast Table oil on canvas 54 x 45 cm Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Cambridge MA

1883-84c House and Garden oil on canvas 55.9 x 73.7 cm Private Collection

1883-84c Landscape near Grasse oil on canvas 60.3 x 73 cm Private Collection

1883-84c Thistles oil on canvas 55.9 x 71.7 cm Private Collection

1883-84c Thistles oil on canvas 55.9 x 71.8 cm Art Institute of Chicago IL

1883-85c Children Picking Flowers oil on canvas 73.7 x 59.7 cm Private Collection

1883-85c Madame Roger-Jourdain watercolour on paper 30.5 x 55.8 cm Private Collection


1883-85c Melle Judith Gautier à la Fourberie oil on panel 31.4 x 41.3 cm Musée Jean Faure, Aix-les-Bains, France

1885 Judith Gautier oil on panel 99.1 x 62.2 cm Detroit Institute of Arts MI


1883-85c The Shadowed Stream graphite and watercolour on paper 35.4 x 25.5 cm Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA

1883-86c My Dining Room oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.3 cm Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton MA

1883-87c Head of a Girl oil on canvas 47 x 33 cm Davis Museum and Cultural Centre, Wellesey College MA

1883c Albert de Belleroche oil on canvas 63.5 x 41.9 cm Private Collection

1883c Boy with a Beret, Nice graphite and watercolour on paper 35.6 x 25.4 cm British Museum, London

1883c Landscape with Cypresses graphite and watercolour on paper 34.3 x 24.1 cm Private Collection

1883c Landscape with Women in Foreground oil on canvas 63.5 x 77.5 cm Philadelphia Museum of Art PA

1883c Olive Trees oil on canvas 52.1 x 62.2 cm Private Collection

1883c Olivia Richardson oil on panel 41.3 x 32.4 cm Private Collection

1883c Violet Sargent graphite and watercolour on paper 45.1 x 21.6 cm Private Collection

1883c Violet Sargent watercolour on paper 50.9 x 61.8 cm Taft Museum, Cincinatti OH

1884 Caroline de Bassano, Marquise d' Espeuiles oil on canvas 167 x 106 cm de Young Museum, San Francisco CA

1884 Edith, Lady Playfair (Edith Russell) oil on canvas 152.1 x 98.4 cm Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA

1884 Mademoiselle Suzanne Poirson oil on canvas 61.1 x 48.5 cm Private Collection


1884 Mrs. Kate Moore oil on canvas 181.9 x 116.2 cm Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.

1884c Mrs. Kate Moore oil on canvas 71.1 x 50.8 cm Musée d'Orsay, Paris


1884 Mrs. Thomas Wodehouse Legh oil on canvas 119.4 x 94 cm Private Collection

1884 Mrs. Wilton Phipps oil on canvas 88.9 x 57.1 cm Private Collection

1884 Rodin oil on canvas 72 x 53 cm Musée Rodin, Paris

The Vickers Family


1884 Garden Study of the Vickers Children oil on canvas 137.6 x 91.1 cm Flint Institute of Arts MI

1884 Mrs. Albert Vickers (Edith Foster) oil on canvas

1884 Colonel Thomas Vickers oil on canvas 76.2 x 63.5 cm Private Collection

1884 Frances Mary Vickers oil on canvas 59.7 x 48.3 cm Private Collection

1884 The Dinner Table (Mr. and Mrs. Albert Vickers oil on canvas 51.4 x 66.7 cm The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco CA

1884 The Misses Vickers oil on canvas 166.6 x 212.2 cm (framed) Museums Sheffied UK

1884c Miss Dorothy Vickers oil on canvas 45.7 x 38.1 cm Private Collection

1884 Whitby Fishing Boats oil on canvas 47 x 66 cm Private Collection

1884-85c Ernest-Ange Duez oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.3 cm Montclair Art Museum NJ

1884-85c Henrietta Reubell watercolour 34.9 x 25.1 cm Private Collection

1884c Charles Alexander Giron oil on canvas 64.8 x 50.2 cm Private Collection

1884c Madame Belleroche oil on canvas 55.2 x 45.7 cm Private Collection

1885 Girl with a Sickle oil on canvas 59.7 x 39.4 cm Private Collection

1885 Home Fields oil on canvas 73 x 96.5 cm Detroit Institute of Arts MI

1885 Madame Paul Poirson oil on canvas 149.9 x 85 cm Detroit Institute of Arts MI

1885 Mrs Frederick Barnard oil on canvas 104.1 x 57.1 cm Tate, London

1885 Mrs. Alice Mason oil on canvas 154.9 x 104.1 cm Private Collection

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