Saturday, August 20, 2016

Summer Fans - John Singer Sargent 1856-1925

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John Singer Sargent (American expatriate artist, 1856-1925) Etta Durham

The painter of these images of well-to-do women holding fans influenced by the Japonisme style, John Singer Sargent, was one of the many American artists who left America to study in Paris. Sargent did not paint many trendy compositions, but his fans fit into part of the Asian influence on Western art of the late 19th century.

After the American Civil War, the country was struggling to regain some sense of order and calm.  Many looked to Paris as the place to be for any serious art student who could afford to travel there. In contrast to the physically & emotionally torn American citites, Paris was a bustling cosmopolitan city & the capital of the western art world. Art students enrolled in one of the many art schools there, hoping to polish their prior art and academic educations. More established artists used Paris to try their luck selling & building their reputation at the important international exhibitions held there.

A few Americans stayed becoming part of a significant American expatriate community in the French capital. As the novelist Henry James reported of the "irresistible city" in an 1887 article, "it sounds like a paradox, but it is a very simple truth, that when today we look for American art we find it mainly in Paris. When we find it out of Paris, we at least find a good deal of Paris in it."

John Singer Sargent (American expatriate artist, 1856-1925) Mrs Ian Hamilton (Jean Muir)


John Singer Sargent (American expatriate artist, 1856-1925) Mrs Joseph Chamberlain


John Singer Sargent (American expatriate artist, 1856-1925) Mrs Thomas Wodehouse Legh


John Singer Sargent (American expatriate artist, 1856-1925) Mrs Hamilton McKown Twombly (Florence Adele Vanderbilt)


John Singer Sargent (American expatriate artist, 1856-1925) Mrs Cecil Wade


John Singer Sargent (American expatriate artist, 1856-1925) Countess Clary Aldringen Threse Kinsky


John Singer Sargent (American expatriate artist, 1856-1925) Mrs Mahlon Day Sands (Mary Hartpeace)


John Singer Sargent (American expatriate artist, 1856-1925) Ada Rehan


John Singer Sargent (American expatriate artist, 1856-1925) Mrs Frederick Barnard


John Singer Sargent (American expatriate artist, 1856-1925) Mrs Henry White


John Singer Sargent (American expatriate artist, 1856-1925) Mrs William Playfair


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