John Singer Sargent

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Brooklyn Museum announces

John Singer Sargent Watercolors Exhibit
April 5 through July 28, 2013
Exhibit will combine the holdings of the
Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Exhibit will also travel to Brooklkyn and to Houston.

Brooklyn Museum Sargent Watercolors

Legal battle over painting collection includes Sargent work

An unprecedented legal spectacle opens this week in New Brunswick when lawyers for the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and its aristocratic English patrons begin arbitrating their nasty, three-year-old dispute over the ownership of $200 million worth of famous paintings all under the curious gaze of the public, which has been invited to watch the proceedings.

...Since 2003, a series of lawsuits and counter-claims have been filed in both countries between the foundations, run by Beaverbrook's two English grandsons, and the gallery itself, contesting the custody of 211 works, including paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, John Singer Sargent, Cornelius Krieghoff and Jean-Paul Riopelle.

Complete story by Richard Foot at


The Washington DC Corcoran Gallery of Art has a traveling exhibit which includes Sargent's portrait "Marie Buloz Pailleron" which is now at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, New York. Below is an excerpt from a Newsday article by Ariella Budick reviewing the exhibit:

"These women, painted by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins and other masters of American painting, hang alongside two others by their female colleagues, both depicting fashionable heiresses with their pets. Cecilia Beaux, a long-underrated contemporary of Sargent's, offers up a pale ingenue in white lace whose arching black cat, perched on her shoulder, might belie a less innocent side of her character. Mary Cassatt's "Young Girl at a Window" seems silently to bemoan her confinement behind the bars of a fine Parisian terrace, which is a kind of gilded cage." mentions:

"The Parrish Art Museum is the only venue in the Northeastern United States to host this nationally-traveling exhibition."

The Parrish Art Museum Web site is here.
The Corcoran Gallery of Art web site is here.



Forbes magazine has a story on the record price set recently for a
Venetian scene by J.M.W.Turner painting. It also mentions Venetian Loggia by Sargent:

"Venice is on fire. In addition to record prices for Turner and Ziem within the past year, Venetian scenes have garnered high auction sums for many other important artists, including John Singer Sargent. His "Venetian Loggia" sold for $5.6 million in 2004."

Venetian Loggia John Singer Sargent

New drawing added to the artwork index:
Endicott John Singer Sargent Drawing


The UK Guardian newspaper has an article on Sargent's Madame X:

"Sargent shocked the French. Madame X scandalised Paris, the city that had seen it all. Displayed in the huge jury-selected exhibition, the Salon, in 1884, it horrified Parisians so much that the ignominy drove Sargent across the Channel to take refuge in Britain."

madame X

"Portrait of Monet" page updated

Monet Portrait

Sargent in New York

The Winter Antiques Show is scheduled for Jan. 20-29 at the Seventh Regiment Armory in New York. The Adelson Galleries hosts a selection of work by John Singer Sargent, John Singleton Copley, Eastman Johnson, Childe Hassam, William Merritt Chase and others.

Adelson Gallery

New addition:
Daughters of Asher & Mrs. Wertheimer

Daughter of Wertheimer

Americans Abroad: Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, and William Merrit Chase

Clark Art Institute, Williamstown MA
Public Program Lecture
January 4: American Beauties Winter Course. Danielle Steinmann, assistant curator of education, will present the lecture "Americans Abroad: Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, and William Merrit Chase." Cost $6 ($4 members), 1 pm.
The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA, 01267. 413-458-2303

Sargent's "The Mosquito Net"

Orlando Sentinel editor Jay Boyar mentions this painting from a tour of the White House in Washington DC here.

Doyle Auction includes Sargent's charcoal sketch of Eleonora Randolph Sears - sells for $96,000

Lot 144, Signed and dated John S. Sargent 1921, Charcoal on paperboard
24 3/4 x 18 3/4 inches

From the Doyle New York Auction of Modern, Contemporary, European and American Art held May 24, 2005. Auction web site here.

Sothebys will have an "American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture" auction on the 30th of November, 2005. There are five Sargent lots listed for the catalogue. Click on the image below for an enlarged screenshot of the offerings. The Sotheby's internet page for the auction is here.

Sargent's painting The Rialto is included in the auction:

3,000,000—4,000,000 USD (Estimate)"

Sargent in Paris

UK Telegraph has a story on famous American Artists in Paris (including Sargent) here.

Sargent landscapes reports on Sargent landscape presentation:

The Ellis Antiques Show kicks off tonight with a private preview at The Castle at the Boston Park Plaza, and one of the pricier items is John Singer Sargent's 1908 landscape, ''Valdemosa, Majorca, Pomegranate Trees," which is presented by William Vareika Fine Arts of Newport, R.I. Gallery co-owner Alison Vareika hung the painting the other day.

Article appears here.

Boom in Fine-Art investment continues to boost Sargent prices to new highs The web site reports:

"In the past two years, collectors have paid $24 million for a sketchy oil by American portrait master John Singer Sargent, $52 million for a crumbling Jackson Pollock, $104 million for Pablo Picasso's "Boy With a Pipe" and even $3 million for a painting by a living South African woman you probably have never heard of."

"Madame X" used as teaching instrument by police web site reports on the
unusual 'art lessons' being taught to a trainee group of officers:

"The officers are allowed to practice their observational acuity on a few paintings projected on a screen before being sent off in groups to examine some of the most expensive virtual crime scenes in the world. The first picture displayed on the screen is Madame X, by John Singer Sargent. Herman swears that the inclusion of the artist is not intentional and promises that no Constables will be studied during class.

The officers soon decide that Madame X is a no-good seductress, which is exactly what people thought of Madame Pierre Gautreau, its subject, when the painting was unveiled at the Paris Salon of 1884."

Sargent Sells for $23.5 million (US)
This from

"The art market loves John Singer Sargent. The American painter's bucolic scene of napping picnickers, Group with Parasols (A Siesta) (1905), sold for a fantastic $23,528,000, well above its presale high estimate of $12,000,000, at Sotheby's New York on Dec. 1, 2004, a new auction record for a work by the artist. The painting came from the collection of Rita and Daniel Fraad; the buyer was an anonymous private collector. "

Sargent News


"The story behind the legendary John Singer Sargent painting that propelled the artist to international renown but condemned his subject to a life of public ridicule.

John Singer Sargent's Madame X is one of the world's best-known portraits. As the Metropolitan's most frequently requested painting for loans, it travels to museums around the globe. The image of "Madame X" decorates book and magazine covers, greeting cards and screen savers. She's even been immortalized as a Madame Alexander doll.

Few people, though, know the fascinating story behind the painting. "Madame X" was actually a twenty-three-year-old New Orleans Creole, Virginie Gautreau, who moved to Paris and quickly became the "it girl" of her day. All the leading artists wanted to paint her, but it was Sargent, a relative nobody, who won the commission. Gautreau and Sargent must have recognized in each other a like-minded hunger for fame.

Unveiled at the 1884 Paris Salon, Gautreau's portrait did generate the attention she craved-but it led to infamy rather than stardom. Sargent had painted one strap of Gautreau's dress dangling from her shoulder, suggesting, to outraged Parisian viewers, either the prelude or the aftermath of sex. Her reputation irreparably damaged, Gautreau retired from public life, destroying all the mirrors in her home so she would never have to look at herself again.

Why had Sargent chosen to portray her in such a provocative manner? Was the painting, with the scandal it generated, the machination of a sexually conflicted man who desired a woman and a lifestyle he could never possess?

Drawing on documents from private collections and other previously unexamined materials and featuring a cast of characters including Oscar Wilde and Richard Wagner, Strapless is an enthralling tale of art and celebrity, obsession and betrayal. "

The complete page from is here.

(Above: screen shot)
Newspaper article mentioning Sargent:

San Diego Union Tribune
Sea to shining see: 150 years of American Art

Compelte article here


Sargent News


"The scandal of "Madame X" at the 1884 Paris Salon exhibition, and her recently deciphered letter praising the portrait, inspired "Sargent's Women," the first retrospective focusing on the artist's relationships with his models, according to Warren Adelson, the organizer. The exhibition of 55 oils, watercolors and drawings – which opened Wednesday at the Adelson Galleries and lasts through Dec. 13 – draws from the holdings of U.S. museums and private collections, including about a dozen from Sargent's descendants in Britain and the United States. The review aims to document Sargent's attraction to the glamorous women he portrayed during his early career, from 1878 to 1890, and his genius for capturing their essence – even though he was sexually ambivalent and never married,"

The entire article by David Minthorn is here.


She is the American Venus and our own Mona Lisa, a woman whose name was once synonymous with eccentric beauty. And though she is known today by another name, she endures as a myth and a memory, an image and an idea of the American spirit and the eternal feminine.

We see her as John Singer Sargent saw her in his full-length oil painting — a slender but bosomy young woman, presented in profile to show off the slope of her nose. Her auburn upsweep is topped by a crescent-shaped ornament. Her deathly pallor and hourglass shape are offset by a black gown consisting of a slim, bell-shaped satin skirt and a tight, low-cut velvet bodice with diamond straps.

Late-19th century Paris would've recognized this as a portrait of Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau. We know it as "Madame X" (1883-84).

The entire article by Georgette Gouveia is here.

Through Dec. 13, 2003
Paintings from 1878-1890
Adelson Gallery, 25 E. 77th St. (212) 439-6800

Sargent 'Rooftop' painting auctions at Sotheby's for $5,395,750

For a 'Market Report' on the sale, go to the site Here

Sargent at the Seattle Museum of Art
Press release summarizes the 2000-2001 Sargent exhibit held there. More

ARTICLE ABSTRACT to the 1999 Smithsonian magazine piece on Sargent that corresponded with the Washington DC exhibit. On Smithsonian magazine site here. Click on cover art above to view larger size.

New Sargent article:
"Man Screaming"
By Trevor Fairbrother
in the Spring 2001 issue of American Art

"Confronted with such a drawing, why wouldn't more Americanists cut Sargent some retroactive slack?" More on the NMAA web site

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