Lecture Series - Affluence & Allusion: The Life & Art of John Singer Sargent
January 10, 2022
If you are unable to attend the live session, do not worry - all those who register will automatically be sent copies of the lectures to view in your own time (from around four hours after it takes place).
Born in Florence to American parents, John Singer Sargent (1856 – 1925) was celebrated as a cosmopolitan expatriate painter of international renown. His lucrative career inspired comparisons to Velazquez, Van Dyck, Reynolds and Manet whilst his extraordinary technical ability produced a remarkable body of varied work over many decades. Having mastered academic painting in his early maturity, his style broadened from an excessive refinement to the use of broad masses of colour, articulated via light and shadow.
Initially, Sargeant settled in Paris before moving to England permanently. Thereafter, multiple Atlantic crossings and regular visits to the continent broadened his range. Fresh and informal compositions in landscape and genre painting garnered admiration and new clients eclipsing his rivals. Sargent’s artistic legacy undoubtedly remains that of a master of the Grand Manner portrait - he captured figures as they wanted to be seen with vivid flair at the cusp of modernity amidst Edwardian-era luxury.
Format for Lecture
James will give two one-hour illustrated lectures for £23.00. During the lecture you will have the chance to submit written questions which James will answer at the end - if time permits.
You will not need to download any software and the lecture will work in any browser. For the best experience use a desktop or laptop - but it will also work on an iPad or similar tablet. You will be also able to re-watch or watch a recording after the lecture.
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