Perspectives in Portraiture - John Singer Sargent

Ref: C2346475

This series of lectures asks some of the key questions about the development of portraiture. We look at some of the problems artists encounter in representing their subjects and the diversity of portraiture's forms and functions. Here we challenge a conventional view of John Singer Sargent as bravura painter of the old school, of limited imagination and originality. However, his enthusiasms were for all things new and exciting and was open to new influences and interests. As a 'modernist' he focused on the material of paint - its visceral qualities and its application - and in the potential flux and instability of surface texture. No previous experience is necessary -just a lively, open-minded interest in art!

Course aim

This lecture is one of a series that explores some of the different approaches to portraiture.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No previous experience is necessary - just a lively, open-minded interest in art!

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand what is meant by 'modern' painting in the context of Sargent's work
  • Recognize the 'traditional' elements in his portraits
  • Identify the extent to which Sargent explored the psychological aspects of his sitters, the insight into their characters for example.
  • Identify how Sargent's move from oil to watercolour affected his work - informality of pose for example

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

A booklist, list of images under discussion, and relevant web sites will be available on canvas

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Perspectives in Portraiture - John Singer Sargent

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