John Singer Sargent painted what?!

Everybody loves John Singer Sargent.  I post a mere fragment of a Sargent watercolor and before I know it, my site stats are through the roof.

All right, people.  I know you love representational art and secretly, or even not so secretly, think abstract artists paint as we do because we don’t really know how to paint.  You don’t want to see some amorphous blobs of color.  You don’t want to see something you don’t even know what the hell it is. You want to see upper-class twits in the fancy duds of yesteryear and landscapes of Venice before it became a tourist trap.

I care about you, my readers, even when you spurn the kind of work I do.  So here are some more Sargents.  The theme of this miniature online exhibition is:  Pictures by Sargent whose subject matter might surprise you (if you think he only painted rich peoples’ portraits).

A Boat In the Waters Off Capri by John Singer Sargent, courtesy of www.johnsingersargent.org

A Boat In the Waters Off Capri (photo credit)

I don’t blame you for liking Sargent.  He really was a very good painter.  If you haven’t heard of Anders Zorn or Joaquin Sorolla, you will probably like them too.

Now what’s surprising about this little beachscape?  Not that much, but doesn’t look typical for Sargent, even for his watercolors.

Seascape by  John Singer Sargent

Seascape

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This seascape could almost be a Turner.

Pomegranates by John Singer Sargent

Pomegranates

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Sargent didn’t paint many pictures without people in them, much less still lifes.

Maybe that’s why his pomegranates look so juicy and fleshy they seem almost human.

Moraine by John Singer Sargent

Moraine

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Moraine is a geological term for  debris caused by a glacier.  Makes an unusual subject for a painting, particularly a Sargent.

Marble Quarries at Carrara by JSS

Marble Quarries at Carrara

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More geological subjects: the marble quarry at Carrara, Italy.

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Thistles by JSS
Thistles

Thistles:  This painting is lovely, but if you hadn’t known who the painter was, could you have guessed?

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And here we have a depressing little study of a dead bird.  Very Goth.

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The Wrecked Sugar Refinery by John Singer Sargent

The Wrecked Sugar Refinery

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More depressingness:

A wrecked sugar refinery (presumably wrecked by a hurricane).

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Crashed Aeroplane by John Singer Sargent

Crashed Aeroplane

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Air Crash Investigations, 1916 edition.

The NTSB determines this Nieuport Bebe crashed because of excessive proximity to artist in hayfield.

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Below we find a couple of odd works that look more like Alphonse Mucha than John Singer Sargent.

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Hercules by John Singer Sargent

Hercules

Chiron and Achilles by John Singer Sargent

Chiron and Achilles

So there you have it.  Little bits of weirdness from John Singer Sargent that made you think  “Huh?  Sargent painted that?”

Credit for all photos.

Want to talk about it?  That’s what the comment box is for!

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