- ISBN 9780714835440 / 0714835447
- Title The Age of Elegance
- Author John Singer Sargent and Phaidon Press
- Category History Of Art & Design Styles: C 1800 To C 1900
Painting & Paintings
Individual Artists, Art Monographs
- Format Paperback
- Year 1996
- Pages 160
- Publisher Phaidon Press
- Imprint Phaidon Press Ltd
- Language English
- Dimensions 101mm x 11mm x 120mm
John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was American by parentage, though born in Florence. After studying in Paris, he arrived in London in 1884 calling himself an Impressionist although his work also showed the influence of both Frans Hals and Velasquez. He soon became a prolific and fashionable painter, known for his elegant ladies and sophisticated gentlemen. Although he spent much of his time working on a series of decorative paintings for public buildings, it is for his portraits that he is best known. This book concentrates on 100 paintings from his significant output, showing how they capture tbe charm and elegance, the opulence and assurance of the late Victorian and Edwardian eras and the place of the American ex-patriot in European society. Occasional quotes from Henry James reinforce the spirit of the age.
Produced in a pocket-sized, jacketed-paperback format, Phaidon's miniature editions make ideal gifts and desirable possessions. Each book features a wealth of finely reproduced colour images.
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