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Serving more as reference rather than reading, however, trying to catch up with all my "Sargent" facts in order to better follow my teacher's concepts/teachings in class. My painting instruction is closely based on Sargents direct painting method, Monet's color theory ... and the ever evolving brilliant and original Chris di Domizio. I'm a lucky student.
Love the work of JSS, but this book had many more studies than actual whole paintings. These studies were amazing to look at. Interesting to see how the studies of faces and hands, fingers, feet, etc. were all done ahead of the actual painting, and sometimes many, many times over. His work is wonderful to see.
Wonderful book of Sargents work. I really like his sketches section, mainly in Italy, and of course his figurative work. There are a lot of Sargent books out there, and they are all expensive, this one is a good overall book, but his work is pretty broad, so it is worth picking up more or googling and starting an image folder, which is more often than not what i do.
Breathtaking and inspiring!