Florida Man : Notes on John Singer Sargent

Jan. 12 is the birthday of a sophisticated Euro-American painter who could find a beautiful play of light even in a pile of gators.

Sargent, “Muddy Alligators,” 1917. Worcester Museum of Art. Wikiart copy of image in public domain.
Author photo of Sargent’s “Breakfast in the Loggia,” 1910. Freer Gallery of Art.
Sargent, “En route pour la pêche (Setting Out to Fish),” 1878. National Gallery of Art,
Corcoran Collection (Museum Purchase, Gallery Fund).
Sargent, “El Jaleo Singer,” 1882. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Wikipedia copy of image in public domain.
Sargent, “Madame X,” 1883–4. Metropolitan Museum of Art. “Dr. Pozzi at Home,” 1881. Hammer Museum. Both Wikipedia copies of images in public domain.
Sargent, “The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit,” 1882. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Wikipedia copy of image in public domain.
Sargent, “Bedouins,” 1905–6. Brooklyn Museum. Image is in public domain.
Sargent, Gondoliers’ Siesta, 1905. Wikiart copy of image in public domain.
Sargent, “Gourds,” 1908. Brooklyn Museum. Image is in public domain.
Sargent, “Villa di Marlia, Lucca- A Fountain,” 1910. Museum of Fine Arts. Wikimedia copy of image in public domain.

Florida Man

These garden paintings bring us to the title of this essay, which focuses on works from Sargent’s 1917 trip to Florida. Yes, I was trying to be a little spicy with the title.

Sargent, “Palm Trees,” 1917. Worcester Art Museum. Wikiart copy of image in public domain.
John Singer Sargent in his studio with Portrait of Madame X, c. 1885. Photographer unknown. Wikipedia copy of image in public domain.
Sargent, self portrait, 1906. Uffizi. Wikimedia copy of work in the public domain.
Image said to be portrait of John D. Rockefeller, which is held in a private collection. Wikimedia copy of image in public domain.
Sargent, “Portrait of Charles Deering,” 1917. Art Institute of Chicago.
Anonymous loan.
Sargent, portrait of Ada Rehan, 1895. Met. Wikipedia copy of image in public domain.
Sargent, “Portrait of Charles Deering,” 1917. Art Institute of Chicago.
Anonymous loan.
Sargent, “The Pool,” 1917. Worcester Art Museum. Sustaining Membership Fund.
“Vizcaya Museum and Gardens — Miami. Nikon D3100. DSC_0428–0430.” by Robert.Pittman is licensed with CC BY-ND 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/
“Vizcaya Museum and Gardens: Miami, Florida #2 Film 1990s ~ Landing Dock” by Onasill ~ Bill is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Sargent, “Shady Paths at Vizcaya,” 1917. Wikiart copy of image in public domain.
Sargent, “Terrace at Vizcaya,” 1917. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Jssgallery.org copy of image in public domain.
Sargent, “The Bathers,” 1917. Worcester Art Museum. Wikiart copy of image in public domain.

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