John Singer Sargent


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Venetian Figures and Landscapes 1898-1913: Complete Paintings: Volume VI

Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray

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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 fifteen-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 that are 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 and displays dozens of contemporary color photographs of the sites.

Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Richard Ormond is a Sargent scholar and independent art historian. He is a great-nephew of John Singer Sargent. Elaine Kilmurray is coauthor and research director of the John Singer Sargent catalogue raisonné project, of which this is the sixth volume.

‘The next volume is eagerly to be anticipated, but the beauty and immediacy of these Venetian works will be hard to surpass.’ — Rosa Somerville, The Art Book

‘The authors have continued in the present volume to produce the documentary record of Sargent’s work at the same high level of achievement, collegiality and near selfless transparency that mark their earlier four volumes.’ — Marc Simpson, Burlington

“…the Sargent volumes set a model for generosity and accessibility.”—Marc Simpson, Burlington Magazine
ISBN: 9780300141405
Publication Date: May 26, 2009
Publishing Partner: Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
272 pages, 9 3/4 x 12
18 b/w + 256 color illus.
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