Thursday, June 15, 2017

John Singer Sargent Paintings in

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) is best known for his many many portraits of those who could afford to commission him, but he also relentlessly sketched his surroundings everywhere he went (and he went a lot of places).
There are many watercolors that provide just a glimpse of a place, but he did finished oil works of townscapes and landscapes across four continents; very typically his perspective was a close-up view of some details of a structure that other artists would have represented in an authoritative angle against a wide sky.
In natural settings he often includes figures in very un-self conscious relaxation; one would not call them poses.  But the attitudes he captures in their demeanor may be related to his ability to capture a personality in a single pose in a formal portrait.
The town views generally have a few of the citizenry in the frame, but if present, they seem to be there more as a matter of happenstance rather than an effort by the artists to show a representation of daily life at the spot chosen.

Corner of the Church of San Stae, Venice
by John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925)

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