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John Singer Sargent & Italy

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John Singer Sargent, "Venezia, tempo grigio (Venice Time Gray)," 1880-82

John Singer Sargent, “Venezia, tempo grigio (Venice Time Gray),” 1880-82

It’s John Singer Sargent’s birthday today. Sargent was fascinated with Italy. He was drawn to the country as am I (and who isn’t?) and some of his most beautiful work was done there, including this painting, Venezia, tempo grigio (Venice Time Gray), 1880-82.

In fact, Sargent was born in Florence, Italy to American parents. They’d been traveling through Europe, but stopped there because of the cholera epidemic.  Sargent later tried to study at the Academy of Florence, but couldn’t because the school wasn’t yet able to handle students, so he went to the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris instead.

In 2003, an exhibit of over 70 of his paintings and watercolors titled “Sargent and Italy,” originated at Palazzo dei Diamanti in Florence and then toured to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and concluded at the Denver Art Museum.

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  1. Hi! I LOVE John Singer Sargent, and celebrated his birthday yesterday by looking at lots of his paintings (great site Also, if you’re interested, I have written an historical novel about Sargent, during the years he painted Madame X and the Daughters of Edward Darley Boit. See more about it at my blog: – would love to know what you think!


    January 14, 2013 at 12:05 am

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