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About John Singer Sargent


John Singer Sargent (1856  1925) 

John Singer Sargent was an American painter, and a leading portrait painter of his era. During his career, he created roughly 900 oil paintings and more than 2,000 watercolors, as well as countless sketches and charcoal drawings.

An attempt to study at the Academy of Florence failed as the school was re-organizing at the time, so after returning to Paris from Florence, Sargent began his art studies with Carolus-Duran.

He had a meteoric rise and noted for his bold technique and modern teaching methods. Sargents first major portrait was of his friend Fanny Watts in 1877, which was also his first Salon admission.


After leaving Carolus-Durans atelier, Sargent visited Spain. There he studied the paintings of Velazquez with a passion, absorbing the masters technique, and in his travels gathered ideas for future works.

Sargent was a life-long bachelor who surrounded himself with family and friends, but his sex life were scandalous.

Sargent at art renewa cemter
Sargent at The Art Institute of Chicago
Sargent at National Gallery of Art
Sargent at Artcyclopedia
Sargent at JSS virtual gallery