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John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1874-1882; Complete Paintings: Volume IV Hardcover – Oct 23 2006


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Richard Ormond is a Sargent scholar and an independent art historian. He is author or co-author of books on Sargent, Landseer, Winterhalter, and Lord Leighton, and he is a great-nephew of John Singer Sargent. Elaine Kilmurray, co-author and research director of the John Singer Sargent catalogue raisonné project, was co-curator of the exhibition Sargent and Italy in 2002–3 and of the Sargent retrospective which opened at the Tate, London, in 1998.


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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Awesome Selection of Sargent's Work July 19 2007
By J. Sapulich - Published on Amazon.com
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The color reproductions are awesome. This books is a collection of Sargent's less known work which is refreshing. Some oils are not as polished as the more well known work which helps to show his technique in early stages---a plus to serious professionals and students. To me, this book provided a wealth of visual clues to understanding his thought process and technical principles. The writing, however, is the typical stuff used to fill most coffee table books. No insight whatsoever into Sargent's painting principles, tonal procedures or color palette. The author obviously knows little in that regard but there is so much information out there the text could have been more illuminating. Buy it for the reproduction quality and awesome collection of works. Worth every penny in that regard.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
If you just want to look at pictures there's better May 24 2012
By J. Lagges - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this expecting it to be big with big reproductions of Sargent's work. Since he is a painter, I pretty much just want high quality reproductions of his work to enjoy.
Here's my problem, its a big book. Most of the paintings/drawings only take half the page the other half Is always a paragraph stating the obvious. Example, If Sargent painted people dancing the author will write a long wordy description saying this painting shows people dancing. I don't know who makes these art books but the author seems to always think his writing is more important than the work. If you want to read a biography about Sargent and read the authors opinions on what he is trying to convey, fine, you'll love this book. But if your expecting to see big images of the things that made Sargent famous in the first place, don't buy it. You'd think such a big book would have a lot of pictures but its mostly just words. Its so bogged down with words its annoying trying to find the paintings to look at.
In conclusion, if you know your not going to bother to read anything skip this series! The small reproductions make it not worth buying. I know for a fact there are better out there. Again, I'm only speaking to people that just want to look at his paintings and don't care about his boring life.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
many obscure paintings March 27 2007
By Simon Mauer - Published on Amazon.com
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i was very pleasantly surprised to see so many Sargent paintigs and drawings i had never seen before. Some quite obscure images in color - many studies and sketches - things that interest other artists and Sargent fans - I have not read much of the content yet but the little I have read was very interesting, although not of great use to artists in that there is not much description of Sargents working methods (although there was some) - but this is usually the case with monographs - much history but not much instruction. So as artists we must learn mainly from the paintings - which fortunately are very well reproduced in this volume.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Dont just ONE of these superb volumes- BUY THE LOT! June 12 2008
By albrecht namatdurer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
These books are the epitome of scholarly research into Sargent's work, made even better by the researchers inclusion of intimate personal and professional details. This presents a great background to viewing the well printed illustrations. One should not just purchase one of these volumes, indeed the experience palls UNLESS all three are not bought . One cannot praise this sort of in depth research and the resulting publications highly enough. The only quibble is one of size, given that Sargent revelled in life-size compositions, it is a a pity that pure economics forbid the printing of larger volumes- I mourn the death of the "elephant folios" so derided by librarians.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Superb Oct. 6 2007
By AH - Published on Amazon.com
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The best book on a painter I have been able to buy for quite a while. As with the other three volumes so far published of Sargent's catalogue raisonne, this is absolutley stunning. Paintings are all in colour unless they have been lost, and the figures and landscapes are breathtaking. The text is anecdotal and interesting, with contemporary correspondence and criticism. This is what a catalogue raisonne should be, and never is - something exhaustively illustrated and investigated, rather than an artist's lifetime crammed into one volume with highlights followed by black and white "postage stamps" at the back (as long as the artist is worth it - and Sargent is worth it). A great tome on a great artist, and unbelievably good value. Go out and treat yourself.


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