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Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends

Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends, John Singer Sargent exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

“Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends” is a new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art until October 4, 2015.

Over 100 of Sargent’s oils, watercolors and drawings, on loan and from the museum’s own superb collection.

My God, what more do you want me to say? Just go if you possibly can.


11 responses to “Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends”

  1. How I wish I could! Perhaps I missed it, but I didn’t see where (or if) it will go next. West coast, perhaps? (Fingers crossed)

  2. Nothing more to say, Sargent is Sargent and nobody else is.
    I’m with Sherrill, fingers crossed for the west coast if it travels at all!
    I think we only have 3 or 4 permanently here on the west coast! Dastardly I say!

  3. This is one of those “I don’t care what else is happening, I must see this” events. I saw it at The National Portrait Gallery in London a couple of months ago and it was spectacular.

    To walk into a large room filled with so may of his paintings and be awed by them all, then to stand in front of each one and examine tiny details and brush strokes was a rare privilege . I came away even more impressed by his skill.

    The majority of the paintings are large oils. There are very few watercolours (oops – watercolors) and half a dozen or so drawings. The London exhibition didn’t include Madame X but there was so much else to see (the portrait of Ellen Terry is stunning). The photographic exhibition of him at work alongside some biographical information was useful for putting the rest of the exhibition into context.

    To reiterate Charley’s words – Go if you can.

  4. Charley
    Thanks for many years of great content! All of your posts and links. You have provided inspiration, entertainment and education.

  5. Would you consider adding a donate button to allow us to thank you for the past ten years? An anniversary gift! If most of us long time followers gave just a dollar for each year of your work on this blog you could go on a plein air painting vacation and a few more exhibits yourself.

  6. I really like the lady in the black dress in front of the red background with gold design in the wallpaper, she really stands out. Thanks for curating this set of images!

  7. Your enthusiasm for Sargent’s work contagious! I have seen his paintings at the Met and they are truly inspirational. His virtuosity with paint is actually exhilarating! Some passages of color on their own don’t even make sense, but are absolutely essential to the picture. His work makes me want to paint!

  8. My god! Thanks so much for the heads up! I am on the West coast and am praying for this exhibition to come visit us….I will alert my parents who live near NYC to go see it ASAP. I’ve never seen more than two or three of his works in person and they were some of his, uh, B-list paintings, let’s say. This exhibition looks amazing…I am drooling

    1. The exhibit was at the National Portrait Gallery in London, but I don’t know that it travels anywhere else. If not, take heart that the increased interest in Sargent in recent years may make loans and traveling exhibitions of his work more likely going forward.

  9. I saw the exhibition last Tues. It was absolutely glorious. Online reproductions, as good as some of them are, still don’t do Sargent justice.

    And for a Tuesday (a work day!) there were tons of people enjoying the show.

    1. Thanks, Jeremy.