John Singer Sargent Exhibit at the Met

October 9, 2015

“Autumn in New York, why does it seem so inviting?”

…ok maybe not quite so inviting when then sidewalks are littered with tourist’s abandoned umbrellas blown inside out from the rain and crazy pre-hurricane winds!

But we didn’t let that stop us!

Times Square

My husband Derek and I spent a wonderful four days in New York with my brother and sister-in-law who are both architects in the Big Apple.

Nathan and Celina

I was thrilled when I realized our trip would overlap with the John Singer Sargent show at the Met! Sargent is one of my very favorite artists. When I was studying in di Domizio’s studio I often copied Sargent’s paintings as a way to learn his techniques. Walking up the rainy steps to the Met clutching my umbrella I was grinning ear to ear in anticipation!

Sargent Exhibit 1

The exhibit was made up almost entirely of paintings by Sargent of his friends and family. Because they were non-commissioned paintings he was free to experiment and push the more traditional boundaries of portraiture.

My favorite piece was one of the first you saw entering the gallery. “Pailleron Children” is a masterpiece of differing brushstrokes! He used toned canvas and thin paint with just a few of his famous thick strokes to perfectly portray the image. Many of his friends have been quoted recalling him “charging” the canvas with his paintbrush as he added the finishing strokes.

Pailleron Children 1Pailleron Children 2

Yes, I may have seen a few guards walking towards me as I leaned in as close as possible to study the finer details of the painting.

Pailleron Children 3

So inspiring to discover some of Sargent’s work I had never seen before and have the opportunity to study the paintings in person!

Sargent Exhibit 2   Sargent Exhibit 3 Sargent Exhibit 4 Sargent Exhibit 5

Sargent Exhibit 6 Sargent Exhibit 7

Thankfully on our last day the sun came out!

New York 2

We arrived at Brooklyn Bridge park just in time for a gorgeous sunset view of New York!

New York 5

1 Comment

  • Wade Hampton says:

    Katherine, just happen to cross your blog while researching some of Sargent’s work, in preparation for, an upcoming exhibition…great caption of you and your friends witnessing Sargent at the MET! My friend and I saw his retrospective in Boston, at the MFA, maybe in early 2000’s…insane! Of course, while living in NY, would frequent his work at the MET and Brooklyn Museum. Unfortunately, missed the show in 2015. Looks like all of you had a great time! Thanks for showcasing your appreciations! It was, and is, inspiring! – Wade

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