Fizz and Crackle: Imagination, Innovation and Curiosity in The Work of John Singer Sargent
Tuesday 9 January 2018 at 10:30
Venue: The Danish Club, Mijas
Lecturer: Mary Alexander
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John Singer Sargent’s international reputation as the leading international society portraitist left him open to attack from jealous rivals and critics with their own modernist agenda. The waspish critic, Roger Fry complained that he was ‘deafened by the fizz and crackle of Mr Sargent’s brushwork’ and that his skills were ‘non-existent as an artist’!
We will explore the extraordinary inventiveness, modernity, and psychological insight in Sargent’s work as well as his technical brilliance across a range of media and subjects. These will include many personal themes and preoccupations in landscape, seascape, light and tone and intimate portrait studies. Also less well known projects and experiments in sculpture. Caricatures, letters and diaries will be used to bring the personalities to life and to shed light on the life and interests of John Singer Sargent – a charismatic, unconventional and complex artist who was equally at home in England, Europe and the USA. A visual Sargent feast!
‘Be continually making mental notes, make them again and again, test what you remember by sketches till you have got them fixed’. John Singer Sargent’s advice to students.
About the Lecturer
Mary Alexander has thirty years’ experience as a lecturer, with a BA in History and History of Art and a MA with distinction in History of Art from University College London. Experience includes public lectures in museums, tutoring for the Open University, visiting lecturer at Christie’s Education in London, museum curator at Platt Hall, the Gallery of Costume, Manchester. She is now a freelance lecturer to various arts, heritage and antiquarian societies. She also worked in Pentagram design consultancy in London and New York, organising conferences and special events. Author of various articles on design and visual awareness issues, her background combines an unusual blend of academic and visual communications skills. Mary is an enthusiastic member and President of Glaven Valley DFAS.