John Singer Sargent
1999 - 2006
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 canada.com
Sargent: WOMEN AS THE MODEL
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."
"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."
New drawing added to the artwork index:
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."
"Portrait of Monet" page updated
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.
Daughters of Asher & Mrs. Wertheimer
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.
NEW BOOK ENTIRELY ON SARGENT'S PORTRAIT OF VIRGINIE GAUTREAU
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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. "
complete page from Amazon.com is here.
Newspaper article mentioning Sargent:
Diego Union Tribune
Sea to shining
see: 150 years of American Art
REVIEW OF "MADAME X" AND
THE ADELSON GALLERY SHOW
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,"
entire article by David Minthorn is here.
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
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
century Paris would've recognized this as a portrait of Virginie
Amélie Avegno Gautreau. We know it as "Madame X"
article by Georgette Gouveia is here.
GALLERY SHOWING SARGENT WATERCOLORS
Dec. 13, 2003
Paintings from 1878-1890
Adelson Gallery, 25 E. 77th St. (212) 439-6800
'Rooftop' painting auctions at Sotheby's for $5,395,750
For a 'Market Report' on the sale, go to the artnet.com site Here
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.
By Trevor Fairbrother
in the Spring 2001 issue of American Art
with such a drawing, why wouldn't more Americanists cut Sargent
some retroactive slack?" More on the NMAA web site
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