Monday, October 16, 2006

A Painting of Painting

Paul Helleu Sketching with his Wife, 1889 by John Singer Sargent, The Brooklyn Museum, New York.

Rather than the more formal portraits for which he is better known, in this piece we see a portrait by Sargent, but in a casual setting.


Anonymous said...

This is one of my least favorite Sargeant paintings. I can never figure out (if in fact it truly is the work of Sargeant, which I doubt) what is going on here. The perspective is off, the composition is horrible and colors are just plain bad. All-in-all this painting is awful.

Ali said...

At the opposite end, I rather like it. Certainly, its technical aspects can be picked at, but I enjoy the warm colors and it doesn't feel as staged as some pieces. It's softer than some of his other works.

Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

The woman doesn't look very happy...I imagine carrying that canoe was no picnic...and then to have him paint with his back to her...I would be a bit miffed too!;)

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