Not an Impressionist by any means, he was a close friend of Whistler and Manet, who painted some of the major group portraits of the late 1800s.
After the huge death toll of the war, including 2 major painters, a week in Paris in May resulted in a further 7,000 deaths, and the destruction of public buildings. Hardly a painter in France wasn’t affected.
An Armenian, born in Hungary (then), trained in Germany and France, married in Britain, worked in Poland and the Ukraine. His pastel on watercolour paintings are wonderful.
To commemorate the centenary of his death, some of the best portraits of the 19th century, and more.
John Singer Sargent’s teacher, he was the best portrait-painter of the day, and more. He died 100 years ago: a commemoration.
Winner of the Prix de Rome in 1866, in the next 4 years he painted several startling canvases which took the Salon by storm. Then he was killed.
There are many important anniversaries to celebrate in paintings this year: here are some tasters.
You’ve probably heard of him, but can’t recall any of his paintings. Here is a small selection from his more than 2,000 oils.
Whether Sargent was ever a true Impressionist will remain a matter of debate, but his uncommissioned work was loose, full of light and colour.
Three more wonderful American Impressionists, although the lives of two were tragically cut short when they died suddenly.