John Singer Sargent spent most of his life in France and Western Europe. Even though he was an “American” artist, his experiential roots are much closer to the European model. Sargent’s professional success was centered on his extraordinary talents as a face painter. Notwithstanding his financial success as a portrait painter, Sargent had a love/hate relationship with face painting. Sargent is attributed to have said: “Every time I paint a portrait, I lose a friend.” What are your thoughts on John Singer Sargent, his work, and his love/hate relationship with face painting?
John Singer Sargent, Self Portrait, 1906
John Singer Sargent, El Jaleo, 1882