The exhibition "Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends" opens in London

A major exhibition of works by one of the most famous portrait painters in the world, John Singer Sargent, opened on February 12 at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The public will see for the first time a collection of deeply personal and informal portraits of an impressive circle of the artist’s friends, which included, among others, Robert Louis Stevenson, Claude Monet and Auguste Rodin.The exhibition “Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends” presents rarely displayed canvases borrowed from galleries and private collections from Europe and America. These are works from the Rodin Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts, the Orsay Museum, the Chicago Art Institute, the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, and others.Claude Monet, painting at the edge of the forest, John Singer Sargent 1884, 54 × 64.8 cm Sargent rarely took orders for portraits of his friends, and this allowed him to experiment more compared to the "formal" images made on behalf of. His models are shown in relaxed poses, sometimes in the process of painting or singing. This is a selection of original, very rich works. Such paintings stand apart from the works of Sargent, they are noticeably more intimate, witty and radical than his custom-made portraits. Presented together, these works challenge the traditional view of the artist.

John Singer Sargent (John Singer Sargent; 1856 - 1925) was the son of an American physician and was born in Florence. He studied painting in Italy and France. Creativity Sargent often attributed to impressionism, despite the fact that he rather was the heir of Velasquez and Van Dyck. It is worth noting that his paintings almost sank in a sea of ​​criticism. One of the accusations was the unrealistic beauty of the people depicted in the portraits.

Robert Lewis Stephenson John Singer Sargent1887, 61.7 × 50.9 cm “The purpose of this exhibition is to challenge the traditional view of Sargent. He is well known as an artist, but Sargent is an intellectual, music connoisseur and literary scholar - this is something new. ”

Only two extant portraits of the novelist Robert Louis Stevenson, which were first exhibited near their creation in 1880, are the “hit” exhibits of the exhibition.

The exhibition also reunited portraits of the Pieron family, taken from collections in Paris, Washington and Iowa. The poet and playwright Edouard Payeron and his wife were among the first French patrons of Sargent, to whom the young artist owed much of his early success.
  • J. Sargent, "Portrait of Edward Payerona"
  • J. Sargent, "Portrait of Madame Pieron"

For the first time in more than a hundred years, individual portraits of the Pieron couple are located in the hall next to the picture of their children, Edward Jr. and Marie-Louise.

Another “headliner” of the exhibition - Portrait Portrait - is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people existing in reality. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more of the artist Karolyus-Durand, who played a key role in the development of Sargent's career after he received high marks at the Paris Salon in 1879.Portrait of Carolus-DurandJohn Singer Sargent1879, 116.8 × 95.9 cm Also noteworthy are the charcoal drawing of the famous poet William Butler Yeats (1908) and three great “acting” portraits, written between 1889 and 1890, as English, Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth, American Edwin Boot and Carmensita, a wild Spanish dancer.
  • J. Sargent, "Portrait of William Butler Yeats"
  • J. Sargent, "Portrait of Edwin Booth"
  • J. Sargent, "Ellen Terry as Macbeth"
  • J. Sargent, "La Carmencita"
In two sections at the exhibition center are concentrated plein-airs made during their stay in rural Worcestershire, and portraits painted during travels in the Alps and southern Europe. Among the latter are images of artists Jane and Wilfrid de Glen, who accompanied Sargent on expeditions across the continent and often appear together in his works. In these paintings, the painter investigated the creation of paintings (including his own) and the interaction of the artist with nature.Fountain of the Villa TorloniaJohn Singer Sargent1907, 71.4 × 56.5 cm

In 1884, Sargent created a furor at the Paris Salon with his portrait of Madame X (Madame Pierre Gotreux). The public and family of the beautiful Virginia Gotro (Virginie Gautreau) considered the picture too vulgar. The scandal forced Sargent to move to England, where he later established himself as the country's leading portrait painter. He made several trips to the USA, where in addition to portraits he made several decorative paintings in public buildings, such as the Boston Public Library and the Museum of Fine Arts.

Richard Ormond, curator of the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London, says: “Everything new and interesting inspired Sargent in his enthusiasm. He was a fearless defender of the works of young artists, deeply and powerfully influenced many composers and musicians of his time. The purpose of this exhibition is to challenge the traditional view of Sargent. He is well known as an artist, but Sargent is an intellectual, music connoisseur and literary scholar - this is something new. ”The exhibition will run until May 25, 2015.