I love the American artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), and I have wanted to write an Art That Inspires Me post about him for a while. However, there are just so many things that inspire me about Sargent, and I struggled to pick a few to focus on. This is my all-time favorite Sargent painting. It depicts Lady (Gertrude) Agnew of Locknaw, the wife of a Scottish nobleman.
The Appeal of John Singer Sargent
Many people find John Singer Sargent's work to be very appealing, but this isn't always the case. He has received sometimes-contradictory criticism both in his own time and now. What makes Sargent's work so compelling?
American Art of the Week: The Milkmaid by Winslow Homer
I think we've established my great love of the American Impressionists in recent weeks, so it's time for something different. Winslow Homer (1836-1910) was a nineteenth-century American painter who worked in a more naturalistic style. He painted many New England landscapes, seascapes, and scenes of rural life.
December 23rd: Christkindlmarkt Am Hof by Carl Wenzel Zajicek
For an art historical Advent calendar, a beautiful, snow-filled painting of a Viennese Christmas market by Austrian painter Carl Wenzel Zajicek.
A Selection of Watercolors by John Singer Sargent
In addition to his portraits, John Singer Sargent painted many, many watercolors. They often depicted landscapes and other scenes he had observed during his travels in Europe, America, and the Middle East.
Fry versus Sargent
Many people are huge fans of John Singer Sargent, but British painter and art theorist Roger Fry wasn't one of them.