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Masters: Swedens Sargent
Art History

Masters: Swedens Sargent

We went in search of Anders Zorn in his homeland and discovered a personality large enough to encompass numerous contradictions—and a natural ability to paint in both oils and watercolor.by Bob BahrWhen Anders Zorns name is mentioned in the United States, it is usually in connection with John Singer Sargent and Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, contemporaries who also employed conspicuous brushwork and were known for their penetrating portraits of high-society figures.

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Masters: Drawing Out Sargent

As well as any artist before or since, John Singer Sargent learned the best lessons in value, light, and form and used them throughout his life—lessons clearly visible in his drawings.by Mark G. MitchellSleeping Child1872–1873,graphite onoff-white wovepaper, 1111/18 x811/18.Collection TheMetropolitanMuseum of Art,New York, NewYorkJohn Singer Sargent “could make bed sheets drying on a line into a compelling image,” someone once wrote.
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Masters: Whistlers Mark

This expatriate American turned away from realism to create an art of stylish and ethereal beauty, ably represented in his drawings.by John A. ParksCrouching Figure in TheWhite Symphony:Three Girls 1869-1870, chalk on brownpaper, 10 5/8 x 10¾.Collection the Freer +Sackler Galleries,Washington, DC.Black Lion Wharf 1859, etching,5 1/2?
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Masters: The Academy Drawings of Pierre-Paul Prudhon

Prud’hon drew from the figure throughout his career, and now those “académies” anchor his reputation. How did he draw such stunning figure studies?by Ephraim RubensteinStanding Nudecharcoal heightened with white chalk onblue paper, 24 x 13¾. Collection Museumof Fine Arts, Boston, Boston,Massachusetts.
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Masters: John Ruskin and His Influence on American Art

During the second half of the 19th century a single writer held enormous sway over the hearts and minds of American artists, critics, and their public.by John A. ParksDevonport and Dockyard,Devonshireby Joseph Mallord WilliamTurner, 1825–1829, watercolorand gouache with scratch workon cream wove paper, 11¾ x 17.
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Masters: Rubens Drawings: The Marks of a Prolific Master

Juggling dozens of commissions at once, Peter Paul Rubens and his staff created hundreds of dynamic drawings and oil sketches.by John A. ParksSelf-portrait1638–1640, oil,43 x 33½.CollectionKunsthistorischesMuseum, Vienna,Austria.Born in 1577 and based in Antwerp, Belgium, Peter Paul Rubens towered over the art of the 17th century as an almost superhuman force.
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Masters: Swedens Sargent

We went in search of Anders Zorn in his homeland and discovered a personality large enough to encompass numerous contradictions—and a natural ability to paint in both oils and watercolor.by Bob BahrWhen Anders Zorns name is mentioned in the United States, it is usually in connection with John Singer Sargent and Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, contemporaries who also employed conspicuous brushwork and were known for their penetrating portraits of high-society figures.
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