Before-Hours Tour of “John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal”

Wednesday, October 23
9:30 – 10:30AM

The Morgan Library and Museum
225 Madison Ave, NYC

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Join the AFA for a before-hours tour of John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal with Laurel Peterson, Moore Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Morgan Library.

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.

The first major exhibition to explore the artist’s expressive portraits in charcoal, John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal will recognize the sheer scale of Sargent’s achievement as a portrait draftsman and explore the friendships and the networks of patronage that underpinned Sargent’s practice as a portrait draftsman in Edwardian Britain and Progressive Era America.

The work of John Singer Sargent is included in the touring AFA exhibition, For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design, which opens at the New Britain Museum of American Art, CT on October 16th. 


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