John Singer Sargent

Figures and Landscapes, 1874-1882; Complete Paintings: Volume IV

Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray

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From 1874 to 1882, John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) produced more than 200 paintings and water-colors aside from portraiture, including figures in landscape settings, architectural studies, seascapes, subject paintings, and studies after 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 of the catalogue raisonné show the variety of his aesthetic responses. He worked in the studio and en plein air, travelling 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 which have never been published before, is documented in depth with full provenance, exhibition history, and bibliography, and 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.

Richard Ormond is a Sargent scholar and an independent art historian. He is author or co-author of books on Sargent, Landseer, Winterhalter, and Lord Leighton, and he is a great-nephew of John Singer Sargent. Elaine Kilmurray, co-author and research director of the John Singer Sargent catalogue raisonné project, was co-curator of the exhibition Sargent and Italy in 2002–3 and of the Sargent retrospective which opened at the Tate, London, in 1998.

“Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray [are] two scholars of the highest quality, integrity and patience. They have already brought out the core of the catalogue raisonné, three wonderful volumes dealing with Sargent’s portraits. … I know of no set of books more plentiful in practical advice for anyone aspiring to paint portraits. … The first volume, covering the years 1874-82…is a sumptuous book and I am savouring every page.” - Paul Johnson, The Spectator

"The sumptuousness and scholarship are impressive. In addition to the paintings, there are highly readable essays and more than 200 reference figures—e.g., sketches, studies, photographs, and related works—adding to the catalog’s thoroughness. . . . Highly recommended."—Library Journal

"Beautifully produced."—Elsa Dixler, New York Times Book Review

"Compiles more than 200 paintings and watercolors, some never before published. These oil and watercolors from his early years include figures in landscape settings and Paris models, scenes of towns and buildings, land and seascapes and studies of old masters. Each painting is accompanied with comprehensive details about its history; included are a number of preliminary and related drawings and of comparative works by other artists."—Peggy McMullen, The Oregonian

"Where the book excels is in its presentation of the forging of an artistic personality. Charting his rich and untidy artistic education, the authors paint a comprehensive portrait of the artist as a young man...We are shown how the young painter developed into the Sargent who was applauded by his critics as a living Old Master and an artistic colossus. If you have ever stood in front of one of his paintings and wondered how he achieved his craft, this book is a must."---Lucy Davies, The Daily Telegraph

"All admirers of John Singer Sargent are indebted to Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray who, having complete the three volumes of their catalogue raisonne of his portraits, have now given us the equally distinguished and beautiful fourth volume."---Tom Rosenthal, The Independent

"The fourth volume in the lavish, erudite catalogue raisonne explores the early years of this still underrated, hughely enjoyable painter. Sections of Paris, Morocco and Venice are a particular delight."---Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times Magazine

“The focus here is on figural work and landscapes done between 1874 and 1882. There’s plenty to read, but in the end it all comes down to savoring Sargent’s beautiful paintings.”—Voelz Chandler, Rocky Mountain News

"This . . . series [is] aimed at bringing to the public every known painting by one of the most masterful—and prolific—artists who ever lived. Ormond and Kilmurray are up to the task of collecting and commenting on the voluminous inclusions. . . . The book is a work of extraordinary scholarship and great love, a fitting tribute to an authentic genius whose work humbles all of us who but labor in the vineyard."—Bloomsbury Review

'Ormond and Kilmurray have published four volumes fo the Sargent catalogue raisonne within the past decade, in addition to participating in numerous exhibitions and their catalogues...Thanks to their efforst - and to the support of the Adelson Galleries, New York and Yale University Press -- the documentation of Sargent's career is becoming accessible to scholars and amateurs alike, and his achievement is being revealed as more varied and complex than many might have imagined.'  - Marc Simpson, Burlington Magazine

"Ormond and Kilmurray are the reigning experts on this painter, and their catalog is predictably meticulous and authoritative. There are more that 200 thoroughly documented entries on specific works, most of which are accompanied by splendid, mostly color, illustrations. . . . An essential resource for anyone interested in Sargent and American art."—Choice

“…the Sargent volumes set a model for generosity and accessibility.”—Marc Simpson, Burlington Magazine

Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title from 2007
ISBN: 9780300117165
Publication Date: October 23, 2006
Co-publisher: Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
420 pages, 9 3/4 x 12
45 b/w + 250 color illus.
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