Celebrate National Hammock Day with today’s Featured Artwork of the Day.This watercolor may depict Charles Deering, a friend and important patron of Sargent, at his residence at Brickell Point on the Miami River.
Using quick brushstrokes and an array of muted colors, John Singer Sargent captures a tranquil moment in the the interior courtyard of the Mosque of Sulayman Pasha al-Khadim in Cairo’s citadel complex. A wooden door on the far wall leads to the mosque’s prayer hall; marble wall panels are visible on either side of the doorway together with a grilled window. Sargent chose a low vantage point to highlight the intricate stonework of the inlaid marble floor.
Built in 1528, this is considered the first Ottoman-style mosque in Egypt. How do you think the artist felt about this place?
John Singer Sargent, "Pavement, Cairo," 1891, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Joseph F. McCrindle, 2006.121.1
The New York Review of BooksHappy birthday to the artist John Singer Sargent who, at fifty-one, with his work in high demand on both sides of the Atlantic, swore off painting the portraits he was so well-known for.
“No more paughtraits,” he wrote to a friend in 1907, reports Jean Strouse. “I abhor and abjure them and hope never to do another especially of the Upper Classes.”
At the age of fifty-one, with his work in high demand on both sides of the Atlantic, John Singer Sargent swore off painting portraits. He had been eager for some time to escape the confines of the studio, the pressures…
John Singer Sargent's extraordinary technical facility, coupled with his ability to portray elegant sitters in sumptuous surroundings, made him extremely popular with wealthy patrons on both sides of the Atlantic. Despite his success as one of the most sought-after portraitists of the late Victorian era, Sargent eventually became exasperated by the whims and vanities of prominent sitters. By 1909 he had abandoned conventional portraiture in order to "experiment with more imag⋯⋯
Artist John Singer Sargent was born #onthisday in 1856. Born in Florence of American parents, Sargent studied in Paris until 1884. He had great success as a portraitist, both in the United States, and in Britain, where he came to live after Paris. He was a friend of Monet, whom he painted around 1885.
In 1907 he gave up his successful portrait practice and, apart from a few distinguished exceptions, he devoted himself to landscapes, murals and watercolours from his travels. He was also an official War Artist in the First World War. This fresh, bright but uncharacteristically personal watercolour shows the view from Sargent's hotel, with the artist's sketchbook and paintbox propped open by the windowhttp://ow.ly/W1J3x