Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Persistent Swash

Portrait of John Singer Sargent by Giovanni Boldoni, c.1890

This will be the last post (for now) indulging the swash-loving eye in the work of John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), portrayed above by his colleague Giovanni Boldoni (1842-1931) whose work was similar to Sargent's, but more superficial. Wits of the day said that Sargent was the Master of Swash and Boldoni the Master of Swish. Everything below is by Sargent. One of these days Boldoni will get his turn here too, no doubt.

In the Luxembourg Gardens, 1879

Villa Torlonia Fountain, 1907

Church steps, Rome, 1906

Henry Tonks, 1918

Ruth Draper, 1913

Vaslav Nijinsky, 1911

Carrara workmen, 1911

Alice James (Mrs. William James), 1921

Miss Clementina Austruther Thompson, 1889

Mrs. Augustus Allusen Osma (Mary Dorothy Stanley), 1907

Mrs. Joseph Widener, 1903

Mrs. George Swinton, 1897

Mrs. Ian Hamilton (Jean Muir), 1896