John Singer Sargent. (l. to r.) Sybil Sassoon, Henry James, Jennie Jerome, Ethel Barrymore
“IT’S LIKE GOING TO A PARTY AND WORKING THE ROOM.”
Overheard at the Morgan Library & Museum
This is a rare opportunity to view with our own specialist fifty-three charcoal portraits by John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), America’s greatest portrait painter of his time. These drawn works of art represent a substantial, yet often overlooked, part of his practice – they number over 750 in total – and demonstrate the same sense of immediacy, psychological insight and mastery of light and shade that animate Sargent’s sitters on canvas. This is the first major exhibition to explore these expressive portraits in charcoal.
The exhibition includes important international loans from both public and private collections, showcasing Sargent’s sitters, many of them famous for their roles in politics, society and the arts. They represent telling records of artistic and cultural friendships, as well as the network of patronage that underpinned Sargent’s practice as a portrait artist.
Ventfort Hall has made arrangements for the trip via private motor coach leaving from the mansion, 104 Walker St. in Lenox, at 9:00 am and arriving back at 7:00 pm. All-day parking at Ventfort Hall is arranged. The cost of the trip is $165 and includes motor coach transportation and a $50 fully tax-deductible donation to Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. Lunch will be selected individually from the Library’s restaurant menu as will payment. Call us at (413) 637-3206 to reserve your spot today as seating is limited.