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John Singer Sargent: The Male Nudes Hardcover – Apr 15 1999


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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Universe (April 15 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789302616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789302618
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #861,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25 1999
Format: Hardcover
A disappointing selection of works, most of which are available already in several books on Sargent. And why they did not include the beautiful watercolor which is illustrated in Trevor Fairbrother's article "A Private Album" I cannot understand, as I have never seen it reproduced anywhere but in "Arts Magazine" from 1981. I have a feeling that there is another book out there if anyone cares to make a REAL effort and put it together.
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It's hard to believe there was a time when the images in this book would have been considered pornographic. But if Singer's portrait of Madame Pierre Gautreau ("Madame X") was considered scandalous because he painted her with a dropped shoulder strap (later repainted in its proper position), then you can understand why these male nudes (mostly charcoal sketches and quick watercolors, but also some finished oil paintings) were kept unexhibited for so long. We have Sargent's sisters to thank that they were not destroyed outright, but carefully placed with museums for safekeeping.
If text is the clothing of art books, then Donna Hassler has provided THE MALE NUDES with less than a loin cloth. But there's not much that needs to be said, anyway. The plates should be enjoyed in their own right. I especially enjoyed the charcoal drawings. They are contextless and their strong outlines give them extra punch and a sense of iconic completeness. Though well rounded and subtly shaded, they remind me somehow of Jean Cocteau's spirited line drawings. The watercolors reminded me of Winslow Homer's. All in all, a nice little book.
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For anyone who is a figurative painter, this book is a must have. John Singer Sargent is the Father of watercolor but we rarely see his nudes in books or in museum exhibitions. The color plates are breathtaking and serve as an inspiration to all professional artists. This is a small book but in my opinion well worth the money.
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