The Balcony Spain [and] Two Nude Bathers Standing on a Wharf



Born January 12, 1856 to American parents, John Singer Sargent would go on early in life to be trained in Paris. A prolific artist, Sargent created some 900 oil paintings, 2,000 watercolors and countless sketches during his career, and came to be hailed as "the greatest portrait painter of his generation." His commissioned portrait work gravitated heavily towards grand manner portraiture (heavy emphasis on classical elements), yet his informal work showed a heavy leaning towards Impressionism. After training in Paris, Sargent suffered a serious scandal at the outset of his career after submitting 'Portrait of Madame X' to the Paris Salon, in reality a portrait of Parisian socialite Virginie Gautreau (famous for her clout and affairs). The portrait, which Sargent would later in life call "my best work," garnered so much criticism at the time that Virginie retired from public life for awhile, and Sargent had no choice but to migrate his career to London. Much later in life he shifted away from portrait work, often complaining of the constraints of the work, and shifted to vivid watercolors that were known for evoking dreamlike qualities. He traveled extensively during this phase of life, painting scenes from the world over, from Venice to the murky swamplands of the American south.



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