"John Singer Sargent: Portraits In Charcoal"

September 6, 2019

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was one of the greatest portrait artists of his time. While he is best known for his powerful paintings, he largely ceased painting portraits in 1907 and turned instead to charcoal drawings to satisfy portrait commissions. These drawn portraits represent a substantial, yet often overlooked part of his practice, and they demonstrate the same sense of immediacy, psychological sensitivity, and mastery of chiaroscuro that animate Sargent’s sitters on canvas.
“John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal” is a long overdue celebration of Sargent’s achievements as a portrait draftsman. This innovative exhibit will run from Friday, Oct. 4, to Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020.
Important international loans, from both public and private collections, showcase Sargent’s sitters, many of them famous for their roles in politics, society, and the arts. The exhibition also explores the friendships and the networks of patronage that underpinned Sargent’s practice as a portrait draftsman in Edwardian Britain and Progressive Era America.
“John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal” is organized by the Morgan Library and Museum, New York, and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
This exhibition is made possible with lead funding from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation.
About the Morgan Library and Museum
A museum and independent research library located in the heart of New York City, the Morgan Library and Museum began as the personal library of financier, collector, and cultural benefactor Pierpont Morgan. The Morgan offers visitors close encounters with great works of human accomplishment in a setting treasured for its intimate scale and historic significance. Its collection of manuscripts, rare books, music, drawings, and works of art comprises a unique and dynamic record of civilization, as well as an incomparable repository of ideas of the creative process from 4000 B.C. to the present.
The Morgan Library and Museum is located at 225 Madison Ave. in New York City.
To learn more, visit www.themorgan.org.


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