GREENWICH, Conn. -- Prolific portrait artist John Singer Sargent will be discussed in a lecture Wednesday morning at First Presbyterian Church.
The lecture at 11 a.m. follows the meeting of the Retired Men's Association of Greenwich, Inc.
Sargent was an American artist (1856–1925), considered the "leading portrait painter of his generation" for his evocations of Edwardian era luxury. During his career, he created roughly 900 oil paintings and more than 2,000 watercolors, as well as countless sketches and charcoal drawings. Many of these subjects were his close friends.
In 2015 the Met exhibited “Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends,” 90 images of artists, writers, actors, and musicians, many of whom were his close friends.
Because these works were rarely commissioned, he was free to create images that were more radical than those he made for paying clients.
He often posed these sitters informally—in the act of painting, singing, or performing, for example.
The portraits constitute a group of experimental paintings and drawings—often intimate, witty sensual or highly charged—and will be the subject of this presentation by Page Knox.
She is Lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a Lecturer in Art Humanities at Columbia University.
The lecture at 11 a.m. today is at the church, 1 West Putnam Ave., Greenwich.