John Singer Sargent embodies the true nature of an artist. There is no surprise he sits with the best of them. The masters of music such as Bach, Mozart and Beethoven share common ground with the masters of art. Without them, the world would be missing large gaps of history and fail to have grown in it's specific manner. Just like the Renaissance was important for the catalyst of invention and art, propelling life to new heights. Bach's Baroque music raised the bar on music to come. Pollock and Warhol changed art forever. Key figures are important for the evolution of thought throughout time.
Without Sargent we would be missing a vital pulse of American art and portraiture. He elevated American art and is being honored at the Museum of Fine Art Boston. They have crafted an essential exhibit and thrown in some surprises as well. Designing a room to fit with the Edwardian Era of his day, Sargent felt at home in Boston. The opulent and over-excessive era is evident, especially in Sargent's paintings. I felt the curated pieces were expertly chosen. With the largest catalog of Sargent works in the world, MFA Boston has a lot to work with. However, it takes a keen eye to curate what you have aesthetically, and trim the rest.
For you Sargent fans there is of course his most celebrated works. The Daughters of Darley Boit is there in all it's glory. Painted in Paris adds to the paintings elegance but it was the silvery details reminiscent of Las Meninas by Diego Velasquez, the master of the Spanish Golden Age, that completes the work. The faces of the girls hold so much power and prestige it has launched this piece into legendary stardom.
JOHN SINGER SARGENT The Daughters of Darley Boit 1882 Oil on Canvas
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BY TEAM VVIPURR 2019
Source: MFA BOSTON NOTES
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