Top 10 Most Famous Paintings by John Singer Sargent
Who was John Singer Sargent?
John Singer Sargent was an American artist who was considered the leading portrait painter of his generation.
John Singer Sargent Famous Artworks
Here is a list of John Singer Sargent's most famous paintings:
- Portrait of Madame X by John Singer Sargent
- Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by John Singer Sargent
- El Jaleo by John Singer Sargent
- The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit by John Singer Sargent
- Lady Agnew of Lochnaw by John Singer Sargent
- Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth by John Singer Sargent
- A Dinner Table at Night by John Singer Sargent
- The Fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy by John Singer Sargent
- Mrs. Fiske Warren (Gretchen Osgood) and Her Daughter Rachel by John Singer Sargent
- Mrs. Carl Meyer and her Children by John Singer Sargent
Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau also known as Madame X was born in Louisiana; she was high society woman who was famous for her elegant appearance.
Sargent attempted to increase his own fame by painting and depicting her beauty in this portrait. He did so by working without a commission to emphasize her daring personality and style.
After he finished the portrait he received more mockery than appreciation at the Paris Salon of 1884, Sargent repainted the epaulet and kept the painting. When he finally sold it to the Metropolitan museum, he said, "I think it's the best thing I've ever done," but asked the museum to hide the model's name that he used for the painting.
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The painting depicts two children lighting up Chinese lanterns in a garden. The inspiration for the unique piece came during an 1885 boating trip; when Sargent took with him fellow painter Edwin Austin Abbey. During that evening on the water, near the Thames at Pangbourne, they saw Chinese lanterns hanging from trees spreading light over a bed of flowers.
After Pangbourne, Sargent stayed with his artist friend, Francis David Millet at Farm House in Broadway, Worcestershire; and there he began working on this painting. Sargent’s progress was slow; he worked on the painting from September 1885 and completed it sometime in October 1886. Sargent was determined to recreate the light effect from Pangbourne, and he only painted a few minutes every evening to capture the essence he felt of light at dusk.
El Jaleo by John Singer Sargent
Sargent was motivated by a five-month trip he made throughout Europe and North Africa in 1879. Sargent came back to Paris and started working on this enormous canvas. The name El Jaleo alludes to importance of jaleo dance. The painting incorporates the Jaleo essence with bright lights, a dancing model, and dark colors.
The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit by John Singer Sargent
When Sargent arrived in Boston in 1887, the Boit family hosted him at their home and immediately commissioned a portrait from him. Sargent painted this painting while he was in Paris; it was an important composition early on in his career.
Lady Agnew is portrayed in an eighteenth-century French Bergère. Sargent painted her in a three-quarter length canvas, wearing a white outfit with a silk mauve band as an embellishment around her midsection. The cloth behind her is Chinese silk of a bluish color. She looks straightforwardly, her expression expresses she is participating in a "close discussion" with the artist.
Art history specialist Richard Ormond, said the rear of the seat is utilized as a "bending, supporting space to contain the figure, making an unmistakable, lazy elegance". Ormond and Kilmurray comment that she was convalescing from flu, when she was modeling for this portrait which may explain her drowsiness look.
Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth by John Singer Sargent
Ellen Terry portrayed the on-screen character of Lady Macbeth in Henry Irving's showcase of the acclaimed Shakespearean play at the London Lyceum on December 1888.
Sargent persuaded Terry to model for him as Lady Macbeth. He depicts Terry as she is about to place a crown on her head after the homicide of Duncan, the Scottish lord. Sargent was looking for a dramatic scene to make his portrayal of Lady Macbeth. Alice Comyns Carr, a dear companion of Sargent, structured Terry's stupendous outfit, utilizing green silk and blue tinsel embellished with a huge number of scarab wings to make Terry's character resemble a snake.
A Dinner Table at Night by John Singer Sargent
In 1884 Sargent visited Sussex to paint a full-length portrait of Edith Vickers. The work shows the Edith Vickers sitting at a dinner table after supper. The flowers, glasses, and silverware on the table are exquisitely rendered to uncover the reflection and assimilation of the red lights in the room. Albert Vickers is partially painted near the edge of the canvas as well. Sargent's utilization of dark tones and unorthodox style of his subjects proposes the painting may have been inspired by the works of Édouard Manet and Edgar Degas.
The Fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy by John Singer Sargent
The painting combines landscape and portraiture as one composition and showcases the artist's pursuit to paint her subject in her own composition.
The two subjects in the painting are couples, Wilfrid and Jane Emmet de Glehn, both professional artists, and Sargent’s frequent traveling companions. Although The Fountain has the appearance of spontaneity, Sargent was frequently interrupted by the rain as he painted. Thus it was completed over several days requiring his friends to pose at length.
Mrs. Fiske Warren (Gretchen Osgood) and Her Daughter Rachel by John Singer Sargent
Gretchen Osgood Warren, was a prominent poet and she posed with her eldest daughter at Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Fenway Court in Boston; where Sargent had set up a temporary studio.
Mrs. Carl Meyer and her Children by John Singer Sargent
This is a portrait of Meyer (née Levis) with her daughter Elsie Charlotte and her son Frank Cecil. The theatrical structure of the painting with its plunging point of view, reflects Mrs. Meyer's own obsession with theater and drama.
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