John Singer Sargent Biography and Artwork

John Singer Sargent, born in Florence to American parents in 1856, was a leading portrait painter of his generation known for his evocations of Edwardian-era luxury. He received his first formal art instruction in Rome in 1868 and went on to create roughly 900 oil paintings and more than 2,000 watercolors, as well as countless sketches and charcoal drawings.

Sargent was known for his loosely painted portraits done in a style reminiscent of Edgar Degas and James Abbott McNeill Whistler. He left behind a towering body of work that includes many legendary portraits depicting the aristocracy and beautiful watercolors depicting scenes from his travels. His most famous works include “Madame X,” “Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose,” and “The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit.”

Sargent’s versatility as an artist extended beyond portraiture; he also produced murals such as those at the Boston Public Library and murals for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. He died on April 14, 1925. Sargent’s legacy endures today as one of America’s greatest expatriate artists with an impressive body of work that spans multiple mediums throughout his prolific career.

All John Singer Sargent Artwork on Artchive

Artwork Name Year Medium
White Ships 1908 watercolor
Spanish Fountain 1912 Watercolor on Paper
Carrara Workmen 1911 watercolor
Fanny Watts 1877 Oil on Canvas
Mrs Charles Inches 1887 Oil on Canvas
Mrs Henry Marquand 1887 Oil on Canvas
Mrs Henry White 1883 Oil on Canvas
Paul Helleu Sketching with his Wife 1889 Oil on Canvas
The Daughters of Edward D. Boit 1882 Oil on Canvas
Claude Monet Painting in a Garden 1885 Oil on Canvas
Mrs. Adrian Iselin 1888 Oil on Canvas
Mrs. Joshua Montgomery Sears 1899 Oil on Canvas
Carmela Bertagna c.1879 Oil on Canvas
Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth 1889 Oil on Canvas
Garden Study of the Vickers Children 1884 Oil on Canvas
Isabella Stewart Gardner 1888 Oil on Canvas
Madame Errazuriz c.1880 - c.1882 Oil on Canvas
Madame Gautreau 1883 watercolor
El Jaleo 1882 Oil on Canvas
Lady Agnew of Lochnaw c.1892 - c.1893 Oil on Canvas
Madame Pierre Gautreau (Madame X) 1884 Oil on Canvas
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