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Sargent worked on his drawings, and he enthusiastically copied images from The Illustrated London News of ships and made detailed sketches of landscapes. If we could afford to give him really good lessons, he would soon be quite a little artist. At seventeen, Sargent was described as "willful, curious, determined and strong" after his mother yet shy, generous, and modest after his father.

An attempt to study at the Academy of Florence failed, as the school was re-organizing at the time. Following a meteoric rise, the artist was noted for his bold technique and modern teaching methods; his influence would be pivotal to Sargent during the period from to He took drawing classes, which included anatomy and perspective, and gained a silver prize. He became both a valuable friend and Sargent's primary connection with the American artists abroad. It was an approach that relied on the proper placement of tones of paint.

This approach also permitted spontaneous flourishes of color not bound to an under-drawing. Sargent was the star student in short order. Weir met Sargent in and noted that Sargent was "one of the most talented fellows I have ever come across; his drawings are like the old masters, and his color is equally fine. Sargent's early enthusiasm was for landscapes , not portraiture, as evidenced by his voluminous sketches full of mountains, seascapes, and buildings.

Commissions for history paintings were still considered more prestigious, but were much harder to get. Portrait painting, on the other hand, was the best way of promoting an art career, getting exhibited in the Salon , and gaining commissions to earn a livelihood. Sargent's first major portrait was of his friend Fanny Watts in , and was also his first Salon admission. Its particularly well-executed pose drew attention.


In , at the age of 23, Sargent painted a portrait of teacher Carolus-Duran; the virtuoso effort met with public approval, and announced the direction his mature work would take. Its showing at the Paris Salon was both a tribute to his teacher and an advertisement for portrait commissions. After leaving Carolus-Duran's atelier, Sargent visited Spain. The trip also re-awakened his own talent for music which was nearly equal to his artistic talent , and which found visual expression in his early masterpiece El Jaleo Music would continue to play a major part in his social life as well, as he was a skillful accompanist of both amateur and professional musicians.

Upon his return to Paris, Sargent quickly received several portrait commissions. His career was launched. He immediately demonstrated the concentration and stamina that enabled him to paint with workman-like steadiness for the next twenty-five years.

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He filled in the gaps between commissions with many non-commissioned portraits of friends and colleagues. His fine manners, perfect French, and great skill made him a standout among the newer portraitists, and his fame quickly spread. He confidently set high prices and turned down unsatisfactory sitters. He continued to receive positive critical notice. One of his most widely exhibited and best loved works of the s was The Lady with the Rose , a portrait of Charlotte Burckhardt, a close friend and possible romantic attachment. His most controversial work, Portrait of Madame X Madame Pierre Gautreau is now considered one of his best works, and was the artist's personal favorite; he stated in , "I suppose it is the best thing I have done.

Sargent's self-confidence had led him to attempt a risque experiment in portraiture—but this time it unexpectedly backfired. Sargent wrote to a common acquaintance:. I have a great desire to paint her portrait and have reason to think she would allow it and is waiting for someone to propose this homage to her beauty.

It took well over a year to complete the painting. French commissions dried up and he told his friend Edmund Gosse in that he contemplated giving up painting for music or business. Writing of the reaction of visitors, Judith Gautier observed:.

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Is it a woman? No, it is none of these things, but rather the precise image of a modern woman scrupulously drawn by a painter who is a master of his art. Prior to the Madame X scandal of , Sargent had painted exotic beauties such as Rosina Ferrara of Capri , and the Spanish expatriate model Carmela Bertagna, but the earlier pictures had not been intended for broad public reception. Sargent kept the painting prominently displayed in his London studio until he sold it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in after moving to the United States, and a few months after Gautreau's death.

Before arriving in England, Sargent began sending paintings for exhibition at the Royal Academy. These included the portraits of Dr. Pozzi at Home , a flamboyant essay in red and his first full-length male portrait, and the more traditional Mrs. Henry White The ensuing portrait commissions encouraged Sargent to complete his move to London in Notwithstanding the Madame X scandal, he had considered moving to London as early as ; he had been urged to do so repeatedly by his new friend, the novelist Henry James.

In retrospect his transfer to London may be seen to have been inevitable. English critics were not warm at first, faulting Sargent for his "clever" "Frenchified" handling of paint.

One reviewer seeing his portrait of Mrs. Henry White described his technique as "hard" and "almost metallic" with "no taste in expression, air, or modeling. White, however, Sargent soon gained the admiration of English patrons and critics. Sargent spent much time painting outdoors in the English countryside when not in his studio. On a visit to Monet at Giverny in , Sargent painted one of his most Impressionistic portraits, of Monet at work painting outdoors with his new bride nearby. Sargent is usually not thought of as an Impressionist painter, but he sometimes used impressionistic techniques to great effect.

In the s, he attended the Impressionist exhibitions and he began to paint outdoors in the plein-air manner after that visit to Monet. Sargent purchased four Monet works for his personal collection during that time. A photograph very similar to the painting suggests that Sargent occasionally used photography as an aid to composition. As Monet later stated, "He is not an Impressionist in the sense that we use the word, he is too much under the influence of Carolus-Duran. Sargent's first major success at the Royal Academy came in , with the enthusiastic response to Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose , a large piece, painted on site, of two young girls lighting lanterns in an English garden in Broadway in the Cotswolds.

The painting was immediately purchased by the Tate Gallery. His first trip to New York and Boston as a professional artist in —88 produced over 20 important commissions, including portraits of Isabella Stewart Gardner , the famed Boston art patron. His portrait of Mrs. Adrian Iselin, wife of a New York businessman, revealed her character in one of his most insightful works. In Boston, Sargent was honored with his first solo exhibition, which presented 22 of his paintings.

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