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SargentThe Watercolours

Published by GILES in association with the Dulwich Picture Gallery

Release — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 168 pages, 280 x 240 mm (9 ½ x 11 in)

Illustrations — 100 colour

Format — Hardback

Price — UK£34.95 / US$44.95

ISBN — 978-1-911282-07-5

Press Release — New book on John Singer Sargent’s watercolours...

News  —  John Singer Sargent’s watercolours set for rare...

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  • A new look at Sargent's idiosyncratic view of the world through some of his most beguiling and appealing works
  • Features 80 works in watercolour, all from European collections, ranging in date for the 1870s to the 1920s
  • “To live with Sargent’s water-colours is to live with sunshine captured and held,” Sargent’s first biographer

About the Book

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) is most well known as a portraitist, but recent scholarship has revealed a much broader artistic reach. During his long career he painted more than 2,000 watercolours, on his travels through Europe, the Middle East and America.

Sargent’s approach to the medium was unorthodox. He overturned traditional compositional standards and developed an audacious and sophisticated technique, working in bold, fluid strokes, creating unconventional and abbreviated forms and eloquent surface textures. This new volume, which accompanies an exhibition opening in June 2017 at Dulwich Picture Gallery, features works from museum and private collections in the UK, France, Spain Switzerland. Contemporary photographs of the artist and his models put the finished works in context.

About the Author(s)

Richard Ormond is Sargent’s great-nephew and was formerly director of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. He and Elaine Kilmurray are co-authors of a catalogue raisonné of Sargent’s work (1998-2015), and have curated exhibitions of the artist’s work at Tate, London, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara, Italy. Richard Ormond was curator of the recent exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.