While John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) is most known for his salon
portraits, his late landscape paintings -- notably those completed
from 1905 to 1917 -- mark an important departure for him. in them
he explored stylistic avenues suggested by the late impressionists
while reflecting a contemporaneous Victorian interest in unspoiled
T. J. Jackson Lears places the late landscapes in the context of
the time, travel, attention, and exploratory interest Sargent
lavished upon them, examining them against the larger background of
America's reconsideration of nature's place in the humanities.
Sargent's "modernist" tendency as an experimental painter later in
his career is the focus of Erica Hirshler's essay. Hilliard T.
Goldfarb writes about Sargent's candid, sometimes amusing, often
pithy, and practical observations on travel and work, using
archival material at the Gardner Museum as well as Sargent's
letters and recorded recollections by his circle of friends.
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