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Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends

Until 25 May 15, National Portrait Gallery, London, United Kingdom

This show at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG), London, of work by John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) focuses on his portraits, particularly those of his friends in the arts. Since most of these paintings were done out of friendship, they are more experimental than his formal, commissioned works. His friends are often depicted painting, singing or acting. The curator is Richard Ormond, a co-author of the Sargent catalogue raisonné and a grandson of the artist’s sister. He points out that “as a painter Sargent is well known, but Sargent the... Read on

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