When Richard Ormond spoke to a packed audience during the 2012 Plein Air Convention & Expo (www.pleinairconvention.com), he talked about completing Volume VII of the catalog of works by his great-uncle John Singer Sargent (1856-1925). That informative book, covering Sargent’s work from 1900-1907, is now available.
“Jerusalem,” by John Singer Sargent, oil, 1905-06, 27 1/2 x 21 1/2 in. Private collection
A photograph of the arcade of the North-western Khalwa of Ahmed Pasha on the Sacred Mount, Jerusalem, 2011
By 1900, John Singer Sargent had become an internationally successful portrait painter while remaining committed to his mural scheme for the Boston Public Library. Nonetheless, he began to rethink his interests and goals, and he developed a new creative strategy. The winter months were devoted to portrait commissions and mural work, and during the remainder of the year he travelled extensively, seeking out fresh approaches to plein air landscape and figure painting.
John Singer Sargent painting in Giomein, Italy in 1905
A total of 283 of those plein air oils and watercolor landscapes, as well as the portraits and figure paintings, are reproduced in this new volume, John Singer Sargent. Figures and Landscapes, 1900-1907, Complete Paintings, Volume VII (Yale University Press, New Haven and London), written by Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray. Each catalogued work is documented in depth and reproduced next to contemporary photographs of the locations where Sargent painted. Also included is a discussion of the exhibition and marketing of Sargent’s work in London and New York during this period.