Brilliant works of art and penetrating character studies they are also records of relationships influences aspirations and allegiances sargent portraits of artists and friends brings together ninety two of the artists paintings and drawings of members of his impressive artistic circle the individuals seen through sargents eyes . Sargent portraits of artists and friends challenges the conventional view that sargent was essentially a bravura portraitist to high society who possessed limited imagination and originalitysargents affiliations place him in the vanguard of contemporary movements in the arts music literature and theatre. John singer sargent 1856 1925 was the leading american portrait painter of his generation this book showcases his portraits of artists writers actors and musicians many of whom he knew well these pictures were rarely the result of commissions and sargent was free to take a more radical . Sargent portraits of artists and friends comes to the met from the national portrait gallery london where it was curated by richard ormond an art historian and the former director of the national maritime museum he is co author of the sargent catalogue raisonn and the great nephew of the artist. John singer sargent portraits of artists and friends national portrait gallery 12 february 25 may 2015 if you did not know this was a john singer sargent exhibition you would think this a highly skilled collection of artists work that showcases a range of styles and techniques
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