Continuing on with today’s life drawing class, I thought I would introduce the one and only John Singer Sargent (January 12, 1856 – April 14, 1925), who was the most successful portrait painter of his era, as well as a gifted landscape painter and watercolorist. Sargent was born in Florence, Italy to American parents.
Sargent studied in Italy and Germany, and then in Paris under Emile Auguste Carolus-Duran.
Sargent studied with Carolus-Duran, whose influence would be pivotal, from 1874-1878. Carolus-Duran’s atelier was progressive, dispensing with the traditional academic approach which required careful drawing and underpainting, in favor of the alla prima method of working directly on the canvas with a loaded brush, derived from Diego Velázquez. It was an approach which relied on the proper placement of tones of paint.
John Singer Sargent Complete Works (2012) Internet: http://www.johnsingersargent.org/ [Accessed Jan 20th 2012]