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John Singer Sargent: Painting Friends



Publication Date: 5 February 2015
Price: £10
ISBN: 978 185514 5504
Format: 210 x 168mm
Illustrations: 50 colour
Extent: 96 pages
Binding: Paperback with flaps
Category: Art/Monograph
Word Count: Approx 15,000 words

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By Barbara Dayer Gallati

Featuring over thirty highlights from John Singer Sargent’s portraits of artists, writers, actors and musicians alongside an introductory essay and a biographical chronology, this book is the perfect accessible introduction to Sargent’s life and work.


John Singer Sargent: Painting Friends features a fascinating selection of over thirty of the artist’s portraits of his circle of associates – artists, writers, actors and musicians, many of whom he knew well. In contrast to his well-known society portraits, these works were rarely the result of commissions, and so are often more informal and radical in style. Beautifully reproduced here, the selection includes portraits from major international public and private collections, along with extended captions that provide additional insight into Sargent’s life and work.

Featuring an introductory essay by Barbara Dayer Gallati, Curator Emerita of American Art at the Brooklyn Musuem, and a chronology that places Sargent’s work and sitters in the context of the artistic and cultural events of the time, this book is the perfect introduction to Sargent’s portraiture.


Barbara Dayer Gallati, Ph.D., is Curator Emerita of American Art at the Brooklyn Museum, where she organised numerous exhibitions, including Great Expectations: John Singer Sargent Painting Children (2004). Her most recent curatorial projects for the New York Historical Society are Making American Taste: Narrative Art for a New Democracy (2011) and Beauty’s Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America (2013), for which she was volume editor and principal author of the accompanying catalogues. She lives in Bristol, England.