These magnificent books are the definitive catalogue raisonné of the works in oil, watercolor, and pastel of the beloved painter, John Singer Sargent.
Authors — Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray.
The Early Portraits, Volume I — This volume catalogues portraits by John Singer Sargent from 1874, when he began his training in Paris, and covers pictures painted while he was establishing his reputation in Paris, during his early years in England, and on his first professional visit to America in 1887. The early portraits in this book range from private images of Sargent’s family and friends to studies of writers and fellow artists, and formal portraits of Parisian celebrities and patrons in France, England, and America. These include his most controversial work, “Madame Gautreau,” and studies of some of the major artistic figures of the day, including Claude Monet, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Ellen Terry in her role as Lady Macbeth. Each work is catalogued in depth, with a biographical account of the sitter, a discussion of the contemporary context of the painting, and a detailed provenance, exhibition history, and bibliography. Almost all of the paintings are shown, mostly in color, including some that have never been reproduced before. The fruit of some 16 years of research, this valuable reference provides a broad and comprehensive view of Sargent’s art.
Hardbound with a cloth cover. 304 pages. 10-1/8" × 12-1/4".
Portraits of the 1890s, Volume II — This gorgeous book comprises more than 150 formal portraits and portrait sketches in oil and watercolor that John Singer Sargent painted between 1889 and 1900. The catalogued works have been grouped into chronological sections, each with its own introduction to set the particular group in context. In addition, an overall introduction places Sargent in the context of European portraiture of the past and of his own time. Each work is documented in depth; entries include traditional data about the painting or watercolor, details of the work’s provenance, exhibition history and bibliography, a short biography of the subject, a discussion of the circumstances in which the work was created, and a critical discussion of its subject matter, style, and significance in Sargent’s career. With very few exceptions, all the works are reproduced in color. There is also an illustrated inventory of Sargent’s studio props and accessories and a cross-referenced checklist of the portraits in which they appear.
Hardbound with a cloth cover. 240 pages. 10-1/8" × 12-1/4".
The Later Portraits, Volume III — Comprising more than 200 portraits and portrait sketches in oil and watercolor painted between 1900 and John Singer Sargent’s death in 1925, this book completes the trilogy of portrait volumes in the series. The catalogued works have been grouped into two chronological sections, each with an introduction that sets the particular group in context. There is also a section of undated portraits and an appendix listing previously unrecorded works. Each work is documented in depth, with entries that include traditional data about the painting or watercolor; details of the work’s provenance, exhibition history, and bibliography; a short biography of the sitter; a discussion of the circumstances in which the work was created; and a critical discussion of its subject matter, style, and significance in Sargent’s career. Most of the works are reproduced in color. There is also an illustrated inventory of Sargent’s studio props and accessories and a cross-referenced checklist of the portraits in which they appear.
Hardbound with a cloth cover. 364 pages. 10-1/8" × 12-1/4".
Figures and Landscapes 1874–1882, Volume IV — From 1874 to 1882, John Singer Sargent produced more than 200 paintings and watercolors aside from portraiture, including figures in landscape settings, architectural studies, seascapes, subject paintings, and studies after the Old Masters. From powerful studies of models in Paris in the mid-1870s to compelling paintings set in Venice in the early 1880s, the works published in this volume show the variety of his aesthetic responses. He worked in the studio and en plein air, traveling widely during the eight years covered in this volume and painting in Paris, Brittany, Capri, Spain, North Africa, and Venice. This is the first time that Sargent’s early work has been mapped so comprehensively. With very few exceptions, this beautifully produced book illustrates all the pictures under discussion in color. Each painting, including several that have never before been published, is documented in depth with full provenance, exhibition history, and bibliography; in many cases, new information is provided. The volume also reproduces a wealth of Sargent’s preliminary and related drawings and of comparative works by other artists.
Hardbound with a cloth cover. 10-1/8" × 12-1/4".
Figures and Landscapes 1883-1899, Volume V — This fifth volume of the John Singer Sargent catalog raisonné encompasses a remarkably productive span in the beloved American painter’s life. The young artist moved from Paris to London during this period and successfully ignited his career as a portraitist. This time also marked his experimentation with Impressionist techniques. These pages contain the first detailed account of Sargent's relationship with Claude Monet, including letters — most published for the first time here — from the artist to the great Impressionist. This exquisitely illustrated volume also covers the period when Sargent journeyed to Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Spain, North Africa, and Italy in search of inspiration for a mural cycle commissioned by the Boston Public Library. The works Sargent painted as source material included in this volume stand in stark contrast to the sensuous, painterly exercises of the early and mid-1880s, underlining his versatility and artistic reach. As in the previous volumes in this series, the images in this book are reproduced in full color and documented in depth, with complete provenance, exhibition history, and bibliography, and are accompanied by relevant studies and related drawings.
Hardbound with a cloth cover. 392 pages. 10-1/8" × 12-1/4".
Figures and Landscapes 1898–1913, Volume VI — Throughout his career, and particularly in the period from 1898 to 1913, John Singer Sargent painted the spectacular architecture and scenes of everyday life in Venice, as he sat alongside the Grand Canal or in a gondola in the sleepy side canals. This lavishly illustrated book presents all the luminous masterworks that Sargent completed during that fertile 15-year period: oils and watercolors that reveal his taste for the Renaissance, Baroque, and high style in art and architecture as they were seen in the city’s unique light. The book reproduces and documents 141 works, including several being published for the first time. An authoritative essay explores the aesthetics of Sargent’s Venetian work, places it in the context of his oeuvre as a whole, explains Sargent’s relationships with his patrons in Venice, and discusses the exhibitions and marketing of this work in London and New York. The book also provides a map of Venice, marking every known location that Sargent painted. Dozens of contemporary color photographs of the sites are also included.
Hardbound with a cloth cover. 272 pages. 10-1/8" × 12-1/4".