John Singer Sargent

A popular society portraitist and landscape painter, John Singer Sargent was born in 1856 in Florence to American expatriates. Sargent’s early exposure to European culture and art greatly influenced his development as an artist. He studied at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in Paris under the guidance of prominent artists such as Carolus-Duran, who encouraged his realistic and vibrant approach to painting.

Sargent’s career skyrocketed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, making him one of the most sought-after portrait painters of his time. John Singer Sargent paintings are celebrated for their exquisite detail, lifelike quality and the ability to capture the personality and essence of his subjects. His mastery of light and texture brought a dynamic quality to his work, setting him apart from his contemporaries.

One of his most famous works is Madame X (1884, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), which depicts Madame Pierre Gautreau, a Parisian socialite. This painting, originally had a stormy reception at the 1884 Paris Salon, is now considered a masterpiece. The work showcases his skill in using light and shadow to create a striking and memorable image, cementing his reputation as a master portraitist.

Sargent’s oeuvre is not limited to portraiture. Influenced by his friendship with Claude Monet, Sargent loved working en plein air, creating stunning landscapes of Italy, rural England, Giverny, the Mediterranean, northern Africa and the Alps.

Paintings by John Singer Sargent encompass a wide range of subjects, from society portraits to intimate family scenes and grand murals. His portraits, such as those of notable figures like Isabella Stewart Gardner and Theodore Roosevelt, highlight his ability to capture both the physical likeness and the inner life of his subjects. John Singer Sargent portraits remain some of the most admired in art history, celebrated for their elegance and psychological depth.

Sargent’s work was widely exhibited during his lifetime and beyond. His international reputation as a portraitist reached its peak in the 1890s and early 1900s. His most important war picture, Gassed (1919), is in the Imperial War Museum, London. A retrospective exhibition was held at the Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, in 1924. Sargent died in London in 1925.


JOHN SINGER SARGENT (1856-1925)

The Façade of La Salute, Venice

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

Mrs. Richard H. Derby

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

Girl reading by a stream

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

François Flameng and Paul Helleu

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

Mrs. William Crowninshield Endicott, Jr.

John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925)

A shaded pathway in the Orient

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

Mademoiselle Suzanne Poirson

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

The Piazzetta with Gondolas

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

The Piazza; On the Verandah

JOHN SINGER SARGENT, R.A. (AMERICAN, 1856-1925)

Hall of the Grand Council, Doge's Palace, Venice

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

Capri Girl on a Rooftop

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

Spanish Convalescent

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

Ladies in the Shade: Abriès

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

Alistair Cary-Elwes

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

Sketch after 'El Jaleo'

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

Portrait of Eva Katherine Balfour, later Lady Buxton (1889-1978)

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

Portrait of Lady Theodosia Cadogan

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

Well Head with Kufic Inscription

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

River Bank, near Oxford

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Portrait of Lady Elsie Meyer

John Singer Sargent (Florence 1856-1925 London)

Portrait of Viscountess Ednam, née Lady Rosemary Millicent Leveson-Gower

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

Fontana dei Pupazzi, Villa Borghese, Rome

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

Val D'Aosta, Purtud

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

William George Simmonds

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Portrait of Evelyn Bligh St. George

John Singer Sargent, R.A. (1856-1925)

Portrait of Constance Coolidge (1892-1973)

JOHN SINGER SARGENT (1856-1925)

Spanish Madonna and Child

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

The Honorable Mrs. Reginald (Daisy) Fellowes

JOHN SINGER SARGENT, R.A. (AMERICAN, 1856-1925)

Portrait of Angela McInnes, later Angela Thirkell, granddaughter of Sir Edward Burne-Jones

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

Landscape with trees