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

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

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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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bofransson:Alpine Pool – John Singer Sargent (American, Florence…

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

bofransson:

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

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insipit: John Singer Sargent (1856–1925, United…

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

insipit:

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

Scenes

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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auriferis929: John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) Repose…

Friday, July 20th, 2018

auriferis929:

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) Repose 1911

Джон Сингер Сарджент (1856-1925) Отдых 1911

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art-and-things-of-beauty: Portrait drawings by John Singer…

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

art-and-things-of-beauty:

Portrait drawings by John Singer Sargent, (American, 1856–-1925)

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insipit: John Singer Sargent (1856–1925, United…

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018


Dorothy Barnard, 1885-6, graphite on paper, 24.8 x 21.0 cm


Polly Barnard, 1885-6, graphite on paper, 27.9 x 23.5 cm


Margaretta Drexel, Countess of Winchilsea and Nottingham, c.1900, charcoal, 48.26 x 62.23 cm


Paul Helleu, early 1880s, graphite on off-white paper board, 33.5 x 26.2 cm


Olga de Meyer, 1907


Helen A. Clark, 1924, charcoal on off-white laid paper and board, 61 x 45.6 cm


Firelight, c.1875, graphite on off-white wove paper, 16.8 x 10 cm


Mrs Louis Ormond, c.1920, graphite on off-white wove paper, 30.8 x 21.9 cm


Duchess of Marlborough (Consuelo Vanderbilt), c.1905, graphite on white wove paper, 28.4 x 19.8 cm


Seated Woman with Hat, late 1880s, graphite on off-white wove paper, 32.5 x 24 cm

insipit:

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

Drawings

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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dappledwithshadow:John Singer SargentThe Piazzetta, Venicec.1904

Monday, April 16th, 2018

dappledwithshadow:

John Singer Sargent
The Piazzetta, Venice
c.1904

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papillon-de-mai:John Singer Sargent — Mrs. Carl Meyer and Her…

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

papillon-de-mai:

John Singer Sargent — Mrs. Carl Meyer and Her Children. detail. 1896

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classic-art: The Cook’s Boy John Singer Sargent, 1876

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

classic-art:

The Cook’s Boy

John Singer Sargent, 1876

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life-imitates-art-far-more: John Singer Sargent…

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

life-imitates-art-far-more:

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)
“Lady Agnew of Lochna” (1892-1893)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Andrew Noel Agnew, a barrister who had inherited the baronetcy and estates of Lochnaw in Galloway, commissioned this painting of his young wife, Gertrude Vernon (1865-1932), in 1892. It was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1898 and put Sargent on the map. The sculptor Auguste Rodin described him as ‘the Van Dyck of our times.’ Portrait commissions poured in and Sargent enjoyed something of a cult following in Edwardian society. It also launched Lady Agnew as a society beauty.

The phrase “put Sargent on the map” seems… iffy to me. Sargent was already on the map by 1898. He’d been doing well as a portraitist in England since the exhibition of Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose in 1887, and had been well-known in France for years before that, though admittedly his portrait commissions dried up for a time in the wake of the Madame X scandal in 1884.

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overdose-art: John Singer Sargent, Portraits of Three Ladies…

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

overdose-art:

John Singer Sargent, Portraits of Three Ladies (details)

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nevver: Algorithmics, Dimitris Ladopoulos

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

nevver:

Algorithmics, Dimitris Ladopoulos

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sylvia-morris: 6. Isaac Levitan, Stormy Day (1897)7. John…

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

sylvia-morris:

6. Isaac Levitan, Stormy Day (1897)

7. John Singer Sargent, A Street in Venice (1882)

8. Photo from @pisces-texte 

Also two more that will not be scanned and uploaded because… eugh.


This is… harder… and taking longer than anticipated. Kinda feels like maybe I should have tried to paint simpler things first? Anyway. Finally moving on to the next lesson’s homework. But I really think that in order to improve I’m mostly just going to have to paint more regularly.

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realism-love: Frederick Law Olmsted, 1895, John Singer…

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

realism-love:

Frederick Law Olmsted, 1895, John Singer Sargent

Size: 154.3×232.1 cm
Medium: oil, canvas

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master-painters: John Singer Sargent – Cashmere – 1908

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

master-painters:

John Singer Sargent – Cashmere – 1908

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Today we went to the Pitti Palace and it was mostly filled with…

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Today we went to the Pitti Palace and it was mostly filled with Italian painters but look!

lies comment: That is so awesome! I’d never seen that one before. So cool!

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lionofchaeronea:Portrait of a Child, John Singer Sargent,…

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

lionofchaeronea:

Portrait of a Child, John Singer Sargent, between 1900 and 1920

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crests-and-coronets: ambientwitch: john singer sargent just…

Monday, December 25th, 2017

crests-and-coronets:

ambientwitch:

john singer sargent just knew

Portrait of Alfred, Son of Asher Wertheimer, ca1901

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theladyintweed:John Singer Sargent (detail) 

Monday, December 25th, 2017

theladyintweed:

John Singer Sargent (detail) 

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thefashioncomplex:A Backwater, Calcot Mill near Reading, John…

Monday, December 25th, 2017

thefashioncomplex:

A Backwater, Calcot Mill near Reading, John Singer Sargent, 1888

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