Guest speaker, Tamera Lenz Muente (curator at the Taft Museum of Art), gave a wonderful program and talk on John Singer Sargent yesterday at the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society meeting! If you missed it, you missed a really good and educational and beautiful program. I got so many compliments on the program (I am the Program Chair and it had me smiling all the way home to know that I'd planned a program everyone in attendance enjoyed).
If you only know of Sargent for his high society oil portraits, you are missing out on the man's mastery of the watercolor medium. And with watercolor, he captured so many wonderful places - Venice, the Swiss Alps, the Canadian and American Rocky Mts., Florida, etc. If you love watercolor, do visit sites dedicated to all of his paintings and featuring many of his watercolors, The Complete Works. And this site shows many of his works and shares information about his technique, good books on his work, etc. I found this information there:
...the book that discusses Sargent's watercolor painting methods...is "Awash In Color - Homer, Sargent And The Great America Watercolor" by Sue Welsh Reed and Carol Troyen.
You will find many of his watercolors in both of these sites and perhaps fall in love with something. Just a couple of my favorites are:
Light and Shadows, Corfu
It doesn't get any better than this!
And Tamera told us that he painted all these watercolors, as he travelled to well-loved places over and over again, for himself - not to sell, not to show, just for himself, when he became exhausted with painting society portraits in oils and after the Madame X debacle.
John Singer Sargent loved watercolor - and it shows!
I want to thank Tamera for sharing her knowledge with us and for giving us something to aspire to in our watercolor work!