Thursday, January 11, 2007

Sargent in Venice

John Singer Sargent "The Libreria" (1904)
20" x14" (watercolour)

The Adelson Gallery will be holding a unique loan exhibition of Sargent's Venice between January 19th and March 3rd - in other words it opens a week today! Their website describes it as follows
John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), one of a few truly international artists of the 19th century, had a love affair with Venice: He traveled there numerous times over 40 years. Adelson Galleries, has organized an exceptional loan exhibition, Sargent's Venice, comprising approximately 60 oils and watercolors painted by the artist from the 1880s until 1913. The exhibition will be on view at the gallery from January 19 through March 3, 2007 and then will travel to the Museo Correr in Venice marking the artist's first-ever solo exhibition in that city where it will be on view from March 24 through July 22, 2007.

Sargent’s Venice will be organized as a journey down the Grand Canal, following the artist’s route from a gondola perspective and examining his choice of viewpoints and compositions. A majority of the paintings to be shown are on loan from private collections and have rarely been on public view; several institutions, including the Brooklyn Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, are loaning important works as well.
Many thanks to my blogging and sketching friend Shirley from New York who gave me this great bit of news. Adelson Galleries is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9:30-5:30, and will be open on Saturdays during this exhibition from 10-5. The galleries are located 19 East 82nd Street, New York, NY. Tel: 212.439-6800. Fax 212.439.6870. Website:

A publication to coincide with the exhibition is also being published by Yale University Press to coincide with the exhibition. It's available from Amazon UK and (read the reviews) - and my order is being placed today!
Sargent's Venice (Yale University Press, $65.00) offers a unique, sumptuously illustrated view of the love affair between the American expatriate artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) and Venice, the city he repeatedly returned to over a 40-year span of his career and the only city he ever explored extensively in paint.
I now need to go and review my images of Venice to see whether one of these might make a good subject for this project!

John Singer Sargent Project Update

I was at the National Portrait Museum yesterday and made a point of going to find out if they had any JSS portraits - which, of course they had. Lots of them! You really can't beat having a chance to see works 'for real'.

For some reason the ether has swallowed an item added into the last blog post despite it being published so here it is again (below)!

Robyn in Tuscany has joined in with the JSS project and has posted her version of a wonderful painting of "Corfu: The Terrace" (watercolour 1909, 20" x 15" MFA Boston) on her blog here. I think she's done a really great job of getting the saturated darks of the pine trees and the surface texture of the aged urns.

In the meantime both Maggie and Nicole continue with their particular Sargent projects - and I've listed links to their posts below. Maggie has got her colour study done for her big canvas using lessons from "El Jaleo" and Nicole has a couple of very interesting blog posts detailing - with images - how she tried to take JSS's way of working and incorporate it into her style and subject matter.

Anybody else out there who has joined in that we need to know about? Comment in this post and I will come and take a peek at what you've done.

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1 comment:

  1. JSS being exhibited in Venice is a great temptation to me. What to do with the dogs, I wonder....
    Thank you so much for your generous comments about my JSS effort. I'm now trying to incorporate his wonderful approach to light into a reference photo I too on a winter's afternoon. It may not work!


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