Thursday, May 8, 2014

From the Museum.

Thought to share some pieces that caught my eye at the Museums this year in New York City.
Actually no, lets start last year at a visit to the Smithsonian in Washington DC.

John Singer Sargent, 1856 - 1925.

There are so many things about Sargent's work that attracts me. From his economy of paint handling to his bold and bravado gestures. The brush strokes are always so descriptive, although on many occasions I think he may have gone overboard on his use of turpentine in laying in the initial composition, especially in many of his larger works. This overuse of turps in evident in the extensive cracking on the surface of many of his paintings. Not so in these smaller pieces below though.

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