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John Singer Sargent: Rosina, 1878


We’ve visited John Singer Sargent’s work in these pages before. Ah! Do you know the lassie below? She is Rosina of Capri, captured in 1878:

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John Singer Sargent; Rosina,1878

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She’s returned the favor by captivating onlookers ever since. Sargent’s passion for his work and his subjects casts a spell, yes?

There is a marvelous story of a certain Madam X, one of Sargent’s very special models, a stunning beauty whom we shall visit later.

“[…] Adelson Galleries, decided to present Sargent’s Women as a way of examining the relationships that Sargent cultivated with the many extraordinary women in his life.”

To red-blooded art lovers L.A. and Steven, cheers lads!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Libertarian Advocate permalink
    2012/09/24 21:26

    Wow!!!! A 19th Century Penelope Cruz. What an amazingly mischievous grin. I quite sure I’d have enjoyed her company were I alive then and in my prime.

  2. 2012/09/24 23:43

    She is beautiful and, Penelope Cruz? At least as beautiful, if not more so.

  3. 2012/09/25 14:23

    J.S.S. was the master at knowing exactly what details made the desired impression. He somehow conveys those details very precisely while at the same time giving only hints at the rest, so that our own imaginations fill in the missing information. This is much more effective, and much more personal than a photograph, or painting that presents everything in sharp detail. It’s the difference between reading the book and watching the movie.

  4. 2012/09/27 07:11

    Hi Steven,

    The whole concept of Impressionist portraits is an Oxymoron unto itself. Portraits, commissioned to reproduce the likeness of a person, and impressionism, working in hints and allusions rather than precise descriptions

    John Singer Sargent has some wonderful examples of these, which I covered in one of my blog posts – Impressionist Portraits – Oxymorons by John Singer Sargent

    I often wondered if I was the only one so deeply fascinated by the oxymoronic nature of impressionist portraits… I guess not

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