Those who are not conversant in works of art are often surprised at the high value set by connoisseurs on drawings which appear careless, and in every respect unfinished; but they are truly valuable... they give the idea of a whole.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds
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Sunday, January 12, 2014

A few more from John Singer Sargent

Posted by Charley Parker at 9:33 pm

John Singer SArgent
Not that I really need a reason other than my usual slack-jawed admiration, but today is John Singer Sargent’s birthday, so here are a few of the hundreds of beautiful presents he left for us.

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  1. Comment by Aelle
    Monday, January 13, 2014 @ 6:36 am

    ~ He recognized beauty as beauty at an early age; indeed, no one who knew him could believe he had ever been unaware of it. He said his first distinct memory was of a porphyry cobblestone in the gutter of the Via Tornabuoni in Florence of a colour so lovely that he thought of it continually, and begged his nurse to take him to see it on their daily walks.
    Excerpt from ‘The Sargent I Knew’ by (his second cousin) Mary Newbold Patterson Hale, originally published in The World Today, November 1927

  2. Comment by Monika
    Monday, January 13, 2014 @ 3:32 pm

    Beautiful images!
    And I share a birthday with JSS! :-D

  3. Comment by Matt Abraxas
    Monday, January 13, 2014 @ 3:56 pm

    Sargent remains my #1 inspiration and beacon of what calls me to a canvas every day. Happy Birthday.

  4. Comment by Randall Imai
    Monday, January 13, 2014 @ 6:37 pm

    i cannot believe i was at the MFA watercolor exhibit yesterday! it was packed.

  5. Comment by Aelle
    Monday, January 13, 2014 @ 6:54 pm

    Look what I found, Charley!
    http://www.arte.rai.it/articoli/sargent-e-gli-impressionisti-del-nuovo-mondo/14216/default.aspx
    Nothing from my speaker boxes yet, boo hoo …

  6. Comment by Daniel van Benthuysen
    Monday, January 13, 2014 @ 7:27 pm

    Some day, somewhere, we need a joint exhibit of Sargent and Sorolla.

  7. Comment by Charley Parker
    Monday, January 13, 2014 @ 9:32 pm

    …and Zorn — but then I think my brain would explode….

  8. Comment by Charley Parker
    Tuesday, January 14, 2014 @ 12:10 am

    Nice. Thanks, Aelle.

  9. Comment by Bill Marshall
    Tuesday, January 14, 2014 @ 12:12 am

    He had such a quick eye.

    Thanks Charley,

    Bill

  10. Comment by Pit
    Tuesday, January 14, 2014 @ 11:01 am

    So beautiful.
    Never had the occasion of seeing those beautiful paintings with my half-colorblind eyes…

    thanks for sharing

  11. Comment by zilpzalp!
    Saturday, January 18, 2014 @ 4:46 pm

    The girls with the lanterns! A triumph!

  12. Comment by Charley Parker
    Sunday, January 19, 2014 @ 8:57 am

    Absolutely. Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose. In the Tate.
    High res on Wikimedia Commons.

  13. Comment by zilpzalp!
    Tuesday, January 21, 2014 @ 11:17 am

    Charley,

    I only happened to come across your blog the other day. Love it!!! An inspiration!

    Klaus

  14. Comment by Charley Parker
    Tuesday, January 21, 2014 @ 1:21 pm

    Thanks, Klaus. There’s a lot more to enjoy back through the archives.

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