Monday, May 2nd, 2022



virginie gautreau – painted by john singer sargent in 1884 vs. gustave courtois in 1891

@hwaetever: #oh so she was just Like That

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Wednesday, December 1st, 2021


John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), Madame Paul Escudier (Louise Lefevre) (1882), oil on canvas.

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Thursday, May 20th, 2021


nicole kidman recreating various portraits by john singer sargent
by steven meisel, for vogue magazine (1999)
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Thursday, May 13th, 2021


Lily James as Mrs. de Winter
Rebecca (2020)
dir. Ben Wheatley

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Monday, November 16th, 2020


Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again, I dreamt that where our drive once lay a dark and tortured jungle grew. Nature had come into her own, and yet, the house still stood.
                        Manderley, secretive and silent as it had always been, risen from the dead.

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artist-sargent: In the Garden, Corfu, 1909, John Singer…

Monday, August 17th, 2020


In the Garden, Corfu, 1909, John Singer Sargent

Medium: oil,canvas

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aiihi: hands in paintings.

Saturday, June 27th, 2020


hands in paintings.

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020


Woman Sketching, Various Portrait Studies (from Switzerland 1870 Sketchbook) by John Singer Sargent, American Paintings and Sculpture

Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond, 1950
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Medium: Graphite on off-white wovepaper

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2020


The Lady with the umbrella, 1911, John Singer Sargent.

Sargent’s niece, Rose-Marie Ormond. She died on Good Friday, 1918, in the shelling of the Church of St. Gervais in Paris. She was 24.

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chadmsirois: Pomegranates, Majorca, John Singer Sargent, 1908

Thursday, September 26th, 2019


Pomegranates, Majorca, John Singer Sargent, 1908

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Sunday, July 28th, 2019

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artist-sargent: Staircase in Capri, 1878, John Singer…

Monday, July 15th, 2019


Staircase in Capri, 1878, John Singer Sargent

Medium: oil,canvas

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Thursday, July 11th, 2019


Scuola di San Rocco, 1903, John Singer Sargent

Medium: watercolor,paper

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Tuesday, May 28th, 2019


Carolus-Duran (Charles Auguste Emile Carolus-Duran) (French, 1837-1917)

Zaccharie Astruc, 1861

Oil on canvas

via somanyhumanbeings

In 1879 Sargent painted this portrait of him:

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Did you know that beetle wings used to be sewn onto dresses? Like, hundreds of them on each dress? It’s equally creepy and beautiful.

Monday, March 11th, 2019

oh my stars, anyone have pictures?

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Friday, March 1st, 2019



Not as cool as Lies’ reblog of Julianne Moore doing some Sargent, but here’s my buddy and me in the National Gallery enjoying our newfound love for the dude’s paintings.

This is awesome and adorable. Thank you for feeding my Sargent mania!

I love how you both matched the subjects in your respective paintings. Spontaneous high-art cosplay FTW!

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dear art historian tumblr: how long did it take John Singer Sargent to complete a painting, on average?

Thursday, October 11th, 2018



i need to know this because of Reasons

@lies I believe this may be your moment

Disclaimer: Not an art historian. Just a Sargent fan.

It’s a bit of an apples-to-oranges comparison, because some works (El Jaleo, Gassed) were huge; more than 10 feet long. For works like that, or works where a lot was riding on the painting as he tried to build his reputation, he spent a looooong time. For El Jaleo, one of his first works to catch the attention of the Paris art world, he worked intermittently for nearly two years.

For Madame X he began sketching in June, 1883, and didn’t finish the painting until October or thereabouts, so, five months? After the disastrous reception of Madame X at the 1884 Salon he relocated to England, where his next major work was Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, which he worked on for more than a year, from September 1885 until October 1886. The time on that one was extended by the fact that Sargent chose to paint it en plein air in natural light, and specifically at dusk, when the light that he wanted to capture was just right.

An answer that might come closer to what you’re really after would be, how long did he spend on his commissioned portraits? These were his bread and butter, the type of painting he did under a certain amount of time pressure from a paying customer. There were two phases for these: Phase one was a series of “sittings”, described thusly in the Sargent wikipedia article:

After securing a commission through negotiations which he carried out, Sargent would visit the client’s home to see where the painting was to hang. He would often review a client’s wardrobe to pick suitable attire. Some portraits were done in the client’s home, but more often in his studio, which was well-stocked with furniture and background materials he chose for proper effect.[49] He usually required eight to ten sittings from his clients, although he would try to capture the face in one sitting. He usually kept up pleasant conversation and sometimes he would take a break and play the piano for his sitter. Sargent seldom used pencil or oil sketches, and instead laid down oil paint directly.[50]

He wrote to Ada Rehan (an actress whose portrait he’d been commissioned to paint, and who was anxious about the length of the sittings due to a recent bout of ill health), “I should argue, with more truth than seems likely, that a great many people find it rather a rest to [sit for a portrait] than otherwise, and also that some of my best results have happened to be obtained with a few sittings… (Lady Agnew was done in six sittings), but I always admit beforehand that it may take me much longer.” After the sittings there was then a longer period in which Sargent would finish the portrait; in the case of Rehan’s portrait Sargent worked on the piece from the spring of 1894 until March of 1895, so roughly a year.

Calendar time from start to finish is only one way of looking at it, though. At the peak of his portrait-painting Sargent was producing many portraits each year, so clearly the work on them overlapped.

Also, the monumental portraits were relatively time-consuming compared to smaller paintings. You didn’t specify portraits; you just said “paintings.” So, looking beyond the portraits (which he mostly stopped painting after he closed his studio in 1907), in the course of his career he produced roughly 900 oil paintings and more than 2,000 watercolors. Ignoring the charcoal and pencil sketches, that makes 2,900 painted works in a career that spanned roughly 45 years. Doing the math on that, and taking no account of time spent traveling/vacationing, it appears that he averaged one finished painting every 5.7 days.

Go John Singer Sargent! Way to paint, dude!

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Wednesday, October 10th, 2018


Alpine Pool – John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)

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Friday, July 20th, 2018

Fumée d’ambre gris (Smoke of Ambergris), 1880, oil on canvas, 139.1 x 90.6 cm

The Fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy, 1907, oil on canvas, 71.4 x 56.5 cm

Gathering Flowers at Twilight

Garden study of the Vickers children, 1884

Nonchaloir (Repose), 1911, oil on canvas, 63.8 x 76.2 cm

Tyrolese Interior, 1915, oil on canvas, 71.4 x 56 cm

Rosina-Capri, 1878, oil on canvas, 50.2 x 64.8 cm

Luxembourg Gardens at Twilight, 1879, oil on canvas, 72.39 x 91.44 cm

El Jaleo, 1882, oil on canvas, 232 x 348 cm

An Out-of-Doors Study (Paul Helleu Sketching with his Wife), 1889, oil on canvas, 65.9 x 80.7 cm


John Singer Sargent (1856–1925, United States/England)


John Singer Sargent

was a prolific American artist, resident many years in Europe, and one of the leading portrait painters of his generation. Prodigiously skilled, Sargent dominated the art scene of his period, painting society portraits, genre scenes and landscapes, as well as being a gifted watercolourist and sketcher. His economy of technique – likened to ‘drawing’ with a brush – lent some of his works an impressionistic air, but his mastery of representation gravitated his style towards Naturalism.

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Friday, July 20th, 2018


John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) Repose 1911

Джон Сингер Сарджент (1856-1925) Отдых 1911

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