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Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose and Other Gorgeousness From Sargent

23 Feb

This is one of my favorite paintings.

I discovered it whilst perusing the Tate in London during one of the recording sessions for the Steampunk Opera. it is by John Sargent who we shall feature today.

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by John Sargent

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by John Sargent

Painted in 1886, this painting took a year to paint since Sargent was determined to capture the exact light of just after dusk and thus could only paint for 20 minutes a day. He had two girls as models and would set up the exact scene every day, paint for 20 minutes when the light was just right, then fold it up and resume the following day.

The name, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose is after a hit song from 1885.

Sargent became the most celebrated portrait painter of his day, but since i don’t like portrait paintings, i’m not going to feature them here. Instead, i present some other highlights of his career:

El Jaleo:

El Jaleo by John Sargent, 1882

El Jaleo by John Sargent, 1882

El Jaleo is a shout (eLAYoh!) that comes at the height of some spanish dances like this one. Think “oLAY!”

Venetian Interior:

Venetian Interior by John Sargent 1882

Venetian Interior by John Sargent 1882

 

Gondolier’s Siesta:

Gondolier's Siesta by John Sargent, 1905

Gondolier’s Siesta by John Sargent, 1905

 

An amazingly striking painting, Sargent’s reaction to the horror of WWI. Gassed:

Gassed by John Sargent, 1918

Gassed by John Sargent, 1918

 

Venice In Grey Weather:

Venice In Grey Weather by John Sargent, 1882

Venice In Grey Weather by John Sargent, 1882

Muddy Alligators:

Muddy Alligators by John Sargent, 1917

Muddy Alligators by John Sargent, 1917

 

Moraine:

Moraine by John Sargent, 1908

Moraine by John Sargent, 1908

Brenva Glacier:

Brenva Glacier by John Sargent, 1909

Brenva Glacier by John Sargent, 1909

The Chess Game:

The Chess Game by John Sargent, 1907

The Chess Game by John Sargent, 1907

Statue of Perseus By Night:

Statue of Perseus by Night by John Sargent, 1902

Statue of Perseus by Night by John Sargent, 1902

 

A Tyrolese Crucifix

A Tyrolese Crucifix by John Sargent 1915

A Tyrolese Crucifix by John Sargent 1915

 

Seascape:

Seascape by John Sargent, 1875

Seascape by John Sargent, 1875

 

In case you’re wondering where all the paintings from the 1890s are, that’s when Sargent made all his money doing portraits. TONS of portraits. He does have some nice impressionist work from that decade, but you can look that up your own. Til tomorrow…

 
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