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Sargent, Carnation, Lilly, Lilly, Rose


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  • Original Painting by:Sargent


Carnation, Lilly, Lilly, Rose

Sargent originally painted "Carnation, Lilly, Lilly, Rose" in 1885-6.  This large 48" by 42" (122 by 108 cm) hand painted reproduction oil painting is  beautifully detailed, and is the same scale as the original.

John Singer Sargent 1856-1925

John Singer Sargent was born to American expatriates, Dr. FitzWilliam Sargent and Mary Newbold Singer Sargent, in Florence, Italy on January 12, 1856. With his mother’s financial stability, Sargent’s family traveled all around Europe throughout his childhood; thus, his home was ever mobile. As Stanley Olson describes, “He was at home everywhere, and belonged nowhere” (Hills 17). Yet while they rejected living in America, Sargent’s parents were adamant to remind their children that they were indeed Americans. Despite a childhood filled with “his mother’s unchallenged self-interest, the perpetual dislocation, the chronic mourning, and utter isolation” (Hills 17), Sargent emerged a sophisticated, well-educated young man, who knew English, Italian, French, and German. Moreover his talents as an artist began to blossom as he traveled from art school to art school in Florence, Dresden, and Berlin, until he finally entered the studio of Carolus-Duran in Paris in 1874. Afterward, he stayed in Paris to begin his career and found patrons for his work, as well as meeting those in the high literary and art circles such as Monet, Rodin, and art critic Louis de Fourcaud. Sargent mingled easily with high society, and after visiting America for the first time in 1876, and then moving to England in 1886, Sargent was able to “straddle the French, British, and American art worlds” (Fairbrother 7). Sargent enjoyed much success after exhibiting at the Paris Salon in 1878, but his success as one of the foremost portraitists did not come until the late 1880s-1890s in America, and then in England. During this time, Sargent also began work painting murals in Boston. However, the demands for portraits became high enough so that it became his sole focus, and with this, he was not able to travel or even pick subject matter as freely as he used to (landscapes and murals were put aside). His friend Jacques-Emile Blanche recounted

Hardly ever could he paint what he himself desired except when he rushed off to Italy, to Spain, or to the Tyrol to do watercolours- yet he was like a surgeon who leaves his cases accumulating against his return. There were sitters awaiting him in London, there were tiresome portraits and ceremonies which a Royal Academician cannot avoid (Halsby 115-116).

Finally, after being tied to his studio for the second half of the 1890s, Sargent began to take off summers to paint landscapes around Europe, and by 1907 Sargent retired as a portraitist. By the end of his life Sargent concentrated primarily on murals, particularly for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. At the age of sixty-nine, Sargent died in his sleep on April 25, 1925 the night before his departure to Boston.

This product was added to our catalog on Friday 26 June, 2015.

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