Quite often, while scrolling through blogs and photos of art, particularly paintings, I pause. I stop and stare at a painting for a minute or two and wonder if this is digital art. or did someone really achieve these amazing effects with just oils and a paint brush. Well typically, it is digital art, but not today. I came a across a beautiful portrait that had these gestural characteristics, but the color and blending was so sharp and accurate that it looked real. I thought there was no way this was a traditional piece of art. And then I saw the name. John Singer Sargent.
His portrait paintings are so flawless, but also very gestural and impressionistic. He has always been one of my largest inspirations, and after wasting another significant portion of my day staring at beautiful paintings, I am reminded why he inspires me, and why I love painting.
This is a link to the ‘entire body of work’ by John Singer Sargent, which one is your favorite? Let’s see if you can get lost in the artwork, just like I did.