April 02, 2004
The Greatest Non-Event of All TimeAm I crazy, or has there been no publicity about the Library murals nearing completion? What’s up with that? Have I missed something? Are they in fact finished? Is there not going to be any big write-up in the paper on this? Anyone in Boston know?
Robert Louis Stevenson portrait set for US saleFrom: News.scotsman
AN OIL painting of Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife that the author once described as excellent but "damn queer" is expected to fetch up to $7 million (£3.9 million) when it goes on sale at Sotheby’s in New York. (goto News.scotsman.com)
Let's take a new look- Palazzo Ducale Interior
- Santa Maria del Carmelo and Scuola Grande dei Carmini 1910
- A Waterfall -- 1910
- Studies of Aphrodite for "Aphrodite and Eros" 1919
- Judith Gautier 1885
- Roses 1886
Whistler's Mother get's outThe Detroit Institute of Arts, is currently showing "American Attitude: Whistler and His Followers" celebrates the influential work of Whistler and his impact on American painting. The show is running between March 14th and June 6th. Among the 63 paintings is his most famous work, Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 1: Portrait of the Artist's Mother, commonly referred to as "Whistler's Mother." Other signature works by Whistler include Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., as well as the DIA's own Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket. The exhibition is organized in a way that shows Whistler's unique handling of compositional and tonal arrangements and their impact. Other Whistler paintings are on view, along with works by American artists who were influenced by his innovative ideas including John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Chase, Henry Ossawa Tanner and others.
New Paint- Shipping, Majorca 1908
- Spanish Fountain (Fitzwilliam Museum) 1912
- Girl with a Sickle1885
- Graveyard in the Tyrol 1914
- IL Gesuati 1903
- Campo Behind the Scuola di San Racco, Venice 1880
- Venetian Courtyard 1882
- Mrs. Raphael Pumpelly 1887
- Courtyard of the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice 1913
- Figure Study 1919
March 29, 2004
The Hottest DestinationAs you may remember, the remarkable “Sargent and Italy” exhibition that swept across 3 venues between 2002 and 2003, never quite made it to the east coast of the United States. In fact it never got more east than Denver.
With the centennial celebration of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum underway (She first invited people to her home to see her collection of art at her Fenway Court home on February 23rd , 1903), A more narrowed theme of Sargent in Venice makes its way to Boston. Starting near the end of April, the Gardner has taken some of those paintings from “Sargent and Italy,” added others, and have broadened it to include contemporaries to Sargent, all of whom had connection to Mrs. Jack, Venice and those around the Palazzo Barbaro. They have aptly entitled it: “Gondola Days: Isabella Stewart Gardner and the Palazzo Barbaro Circle”
23 Sargent works will be featured in addition to other works by artists such as Anders Zorn, James McNeill Whistler, and Claude Monet.
Kristin Parker, who works for the Gardner Museum and is a friend of the JSS Gallery, tells me there will be a catalogue book which they hope to have ready for the opening -- April 21st.
March 26, 2004
Hyde's HideFrom: David Hyde
(r2 h firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Saturday, February 28, 2004
I had a look at your "Whats New " page and am awed by the effort you have put into it. If you carry in the same style I think you should enquire about an honorary doctorate from a University of your choice!
I attach a painting [by Frank Hyde] that I have just received from Norway.
Elizabeth Miller thinks that it was painted around 1880 but she has yet to see it.
Do you think that the woman reclining on the sofa is Rosina Ferrara?
Cheers right back to you, David. My vote is for Rosina.
No one can accuse me of being punctual.
PS Take a look around The Frank Hyde Gallery, it’s quite interesting and David has been doing more than a little bit of work himself, in fact he is a major Co-Maniac in the broadest sense of the term – he’s got it bad (wink).
March 25, 2004
de la Gandara EncoreFrom: Xavier Mathieu
(xavi er.ma email@example.com)
Date: March 22, 2004
I've some news for you, mainly some good images of Antonio de La Gandara paintings for your site but also, on my side of the ocean, I'm working with the French postal authorities to bring about a stamp dedicated to Antonio de La Gandara. I'll keep you informed.
March 23, 2004
Spring ShowersTheodoric the Goth, Tomb of Maximilian I, Innsbruck 1869
Switzerland 1870 Sketchbook 1870
Sketch related to "Rehearsal of the Pasdeloup Orchestra at the Cirque d'hiver"
Musicians, Related to Rehearsal of the Pasdeloup Orchestra at the Cirque d'Hiver
Noon after Jean-Francois Millet
Seated Woman with Fan (from scrapbook) 1880
Schooner and Bark in Harbor (from scrapbook)
Sails (from scrapbook) 1875
Sailors Relaxing on Deck 1876
St. Malo (from scrapbook) 1875
Sailors in Rigging of Ship (from scrapbook) 1875
Sailboat Towing Dory (from scrapbook) 1875
Coastal Scene (from scrapbook) 1875
Windmill and Reapers (from scrapbook) 1875
Head and Shoulders of a Male Nude
Lowell, Abbott Lawrence 1920
Sketch of a Male Torso (Archer for Astarte)
Standing Male Nude with Raised Right Arm Seen from Behind 1919
Sketch of Women Walking 1879
Recumbent Male Nude, for "Israelites Oppressed,"
March 18, 2004
Relatively SpeakingAlberto Falchetti according to Cheri Falchetti
March 17, 2004
Just Raindrops - one after anotherPaintings added:
Teacher's ThoughtsFrom: Matt Davies
(matt davies firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Saturday, March 13, 2004
Attached is a document of the article “A French Student and His Pupils” from The Century, Vol. XXXI, No. 38 (1886), pp. 372-376. I thought the article would make a good addition to the JSS Gallery, as it is a rare glimpse into the teaching methods and ideologies of Sargent's teacher Carolus Duran.
March 16, 2004
Dispatches from FranceFrom: Madeleine Bruchet
(madeleine. bru ch email@example.com)
This week I am preparing a translation of a text about "Judith Gautier à la Fourberie" with events on her meetings with celebrities in Dinard: writers, painters, and even Wagner. This is for my next mail;
Today I'm sending you pictures that I didn't see on line:
- Young boy on the beach (always for our dear gatherers), 1877, 43.8x26 cm, Terra Collection. I found it in the catalogue of the inaugural exhibition of americam Museum of Giverny (Terra Collection)
- Portrait of Jacques-Emile Blache, c. 1886, Museum of the fine Arts of Rouen (Normandy).. I saw this picture at "american impressionnism" in L'hermitage (Switzerlan) in september 2002.
March 12, 2004
Loose EndsDeath and Victory, a small matter of perception -- Pinker responds
Another drawing "of" instead of "by" this time -- Sargent -- done by William Rothenstein
George, Madge, even Nettie -- don't you know? Why they are the Rollers, so saith Michael & Susan
March 11, 2004
Boldini CornerFrom: Gabriella Alu'
(gab ri firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Monday, March 8, 2004
I hope you are interested in seeing the real Boldini's portraits model...
In one of this photos (F.F.
is with the German Kaiser William II in Palermo, Villa Igea)
, she's wearing the same long, famous string of pearls of the
I'm sending you also a photo that I found into an Italian book about the Florio family. It's the photo showing the most famous Boldini's picture of Donna Franca. But how you can see, in the picture of this photo Franca Florio's skirt is longer than in the portrait of which you had online and the dress is not the same, it seems to me.
This was because it's a second version of the portrait: as a
of fact, Ignazio Florio (Franca's husband) considered the
Also a photo of Boldini painting
I found all of this information (that, here in Palermo, everyone knows) in two Italian books:
- Salvatore Requirez "CASA FLORIO", Flaccovio Editore, Palermo, 1998
- Anna Pomar "FRANCA FLORIO", edizioni Novecento, Palermo, 2002.
I hope you enjoy!
Other StuffJames Passmore sent some things to chew on regarding Lady Agnew
Andy Holzopfel has been sending me some photographs of museums that hold Sargent's art. I've decided to start a new page called Gallery Index, An outrageously titled page since I only have a small number but with help of people like YOU, maybe it will grow
March 05, 2004
Death and Victory
From: Ali Mooraj
Are you aware of the reference to the painting "Death and Victory" in Steven Pinker: "The Blank Slate", Penguin Books 2002, p.160 ? (Pinker is a Harvard Psychologist) . . . .
Your comments would be welcome.
Editor's Note - Take picture link to see Pinker's reference and Natasha's comments
March 02, 2004
Sargent's MethodSince March 9, 2001, one week shy of exactly four years, I have been yearning , and dreaming of making this “What’s New” entry.
This is big! This is huge! This is so unbelievably important.
In 1998, right before the John Singer Sargent Retrospective was to open in London, Jacqueline Ridge and Joyce Townsend wrote one of the most thoughtful and complete looks at Sargent’s technique and materials ever to have been put to paper:
February 23, 2004
A quick word on what's newA couple of things tonight
And finally, to top off my month anyway, I got a VERY kind accolade from James R Jensen I think you'll find what he says interesting -- I did.
February 20, 2004
Picture Gatherers at CancaleMadeleine Bruchet, followed up a letter I sent her:
Thursday, February 5, 2004 Hello,Not only has Madeleine sent copies of old postcards but also two new Sargent studies of women with baskets which I did not have online. Through her help (and more to come hopefully) and with her encouragement, and after two weeks in the making, both Madeleine (a new "Patron" to the JSS Gallery) and I, present to you a new look at
February 04, 2004
From: Royce Isham (ro ycei email@example.com) Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2004
February 03, 2004
A Voice after "Laurence Millet"I recently received a nice letter from David Laurence Flynn who happens to be the Grandson of "Laurence Millet" (a subject of Sargent's) and the Great Grandson to Frank Millet (see letter)
Denver Proves to be the Most Popular VenueThe exhibition figures are in for 2003, and "Sargent and Italy," as shown at Denver this last summer, was the most attended of the three venues and it ranked 191st (if I’m counting correctly) of the top 200 exhibitions throughout the world. On average it saw 963 people per day or a total of 71,140 in attendance.
Other exhibitions of note were “Whistler’s women and fashion” at the Frick in New York which saw 1,008 per day; “Paris in the age of Impressionism” at the High Museum in Atlanta saw 1,681 per day; and “Art Deco 1910-1939” at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London saw 3,103 per day.
I wish we could get the figures on Sargent’s show in Italy and in L.A. which aparently didn't reach the 220-odd number threshold for listing.
De László's portrait of Miss Anny Ahlers (1933), which was included in the recent exhibition, "A Brush with Grandeur: Philip A. de László" at Christie's, London, is currently being offered for sale by Christopher Wood Gallery, London, for 100,000 pounds.
Hi Nat - I noticed you had put some new Boldini works on your site recently. I thought I would send this your way real quick. This is an article from the April 3, 1933, issue of Time Magazine. It discusses a 1933 exhibit at Wildenstein's Galleries, New York, of the works of Boldini, organized by a Mrs. Chester Dale. It is an interesting, though brief article.
January 30, 2004
I'll tell you, and I meani. Who rocks? Why it's Boldini !New paintings:
January 28, 2004
In the Words of a PoetThis is new, well . . . not really, but then I haven't had time to present it in the way it deserves, that is until now. Matt Davies found this little gem (and tell me if it isn’t the most wonderful article on Sargent you've ever read) called “Sargent and His Art,” by Christian Brinton for Munsey’s Magazine in 1906.
In the theme of what Matt was talking about. I was going through my website, working on something else (like always), when I ran into a page I was working on last summer -- one I had finished, uploaded and then promptly forgot before I had linked to it. Maybe a little belated, but that's the beauty of working with history -- nothing changes -- generally. So take another look at an interesting depiction of Venetian Bead Stringers done just five years after Sargent’s Venetian Studies
January 23, 2004
Paintings AddedBedouin Encampment 1906
Boboli Gardens 1907
Blue Gentians 1905
Cashmere Shawl 1910
House and Garden 1883-1884
Ramón Subercaseaux 1880
President Woodrow Wilson 1917
And then I got a letter a little while ago
From: Madeleine Bruchet
Best wishes for a happy New Year, much pleasure in painting and pictures.
Do you know of this picture of John Singer Sargent "Melle Judith Gautier à la Fourberie", it is from Jean Faure Museum in Aix les Bains 'France)
I know the place where he painted it: Saint Lunaire, just near Dinard where he stayed. I was born in Dinard and know the glade of this picture.
September 19, 2003
Congratulations for this album on Sargent. My family is living in Cancale (Oyster Gatherers) it was the first picture of Sargent's I saw in Washington.
A french writer, Mrs Annie Cohen-Solal, wrote about American
Thank you so much and welcome to the Friends of the JSS Gallery. I would love to see that glade in person one day.
I was wondering, since you live in Cancale, is there anyway you could send me some pictures of the beach there? I'm sure its quite different but I would love to give people an idea of the place today.
January 22, 2004
What's NewWhat I can bring you new today has a lot to do with what Andy Holzopfel did for me last fall. I’m afraid I’m only now getting around to getting it up online – thanks Andy!!!
January 21, 2004
Letters to the Editor
From: Wendy & Gordon Hawksley
(Editor's Note -- It doesn't strike me as a Sargent Painting either)
We have just acquired the new book on De Laszlo which accompanies the current exhibition in London. Amongst other things it has an interesting essay by Richard Ormond who looks at JSS's work in conjunction with De Laszlo's [Brush with Grandeur -- Philip Alexius de László]. It is a beautiful book with some stunning images - and well worth getting if you havent got it already. We would love to go to the exhibition before it closes, but unfortunately we won't have the time.From Natasha
Good luck with the site and I will help you in any way I can!!!!
Painting addedGeneral Officers of the Great War
Our New Newspaper the Co-maniacsThe Struggle over the Blog continues, but as you can see, there has been some success – in keeping with my New Years Resolution of keeping positive.
Movable Type is a far superior Blog program but I had to pay Movable Type to install it on my server – it’s not for the faint of heart if you want to tweak the program beyond any basic settings. I have been lauding it to some of my “Friends of the JSS Gallery” but the jury is still out if this is THE program for new galleries of artists. Not to say that it’s not the best out there – it is the BEST!!!, But someone like me, who has little training in programming (and most of the Friends of the JSS Gallery have far less than I do) . . . . well, suffice it to say I have a lot less hair than when I started and I still only in the beginning stages of getting this thing to where I want it.
What I hope for is something in the neighborhood of Gapersblock.com – which is nothing more than a little weekly magazine (a major understatement) of-and-about the fine city of Chicago. Set in a 3 column “paper/mag” format it has a number of contributing writers. Designed by the very talented Nazarin Hamid who also has personal websites worth seeing here (his writing), here (his photos), and here (his music); and Chief editor Andrew Huff have put together one of the most interesting webpages I’ve seen in a very long time – even if you don’t live in Chicago. With the help of 19 contributing writers – all volunteers – they manage to put together a very slick and well edited overview of Everything Chicago.
The parallels and opportunities of what can be done with a “JSS Gallery newspaper” are mind boggling. With Movable Type, selected and pre-approved “contributing writers” can upload information, what’s new items, general information and send me images of paintings etc without having to go through me and my e-mail.
Obviously, this slightly dyslexic, horrible speller is the last person who should take on the job of a Chief Editor of any publication (electronically or otherwise) but taking on things that I have no business taking on seems to be my Modus Operandi and the thing that captures my imagination – talk about a prescription for inner personal conflict and frustration!
In the mist of all this – tweaking programs – learning program syntax and uploading changes, my server – the place where the JSS Gallery is hosted -- has been offline more than it has been online. Each evening (or so it seems) right when I do most of my thinking and struggling with the program the server and my site come crashing down –
But the guys where I have this thing housed have been good to me thus far and I pray they get this worked out in the near future. It’s frustrating though, because the one thing I want to work on I can’t.
Anyway, back to the topic at hand –
As you might have already figured, I have been playing with the idea of a name for our new Newspaper. Sargent, who was a honest-to-goodness groupie of the composer Wager called himself and his friend Alma Strettell (whom was just as crazy-nuts about Wagner) “the Co-maniacs.” It is somewhat reassuring . . . . or maybe that’s not the right word (let me start over). It is more than just a little wonderful to learn that someone as “kool”, as talented, as hard working, as successful, as Sargent; was capable and honest enough to admit that – when you got right down to it – he was as much a weak-kneed-screaming-got-to-have-it groupie as any of us. It has also struck me, on more than one occasion, that some of my most ardent “friends and fellow fanatics” are very capable artists in their own right. There is a sisterhood (or brotherhood) of people who just understand and can appreciate his talent. It just seemed appropriate that “Co-maniacs” would be the mantra by which we go forward. Most won't probably get it and maybe it is a little too esoteric. I hope it doesn't become too confusing because it is the perfect title!
I think you can see the possibilities and I remain energetic, excited, hopeful that good things are coming down the pike and I WILL OVERCOME THESE MINOR INCONVENINCES of not knowing what the heck I’m doing.
January 20, 2004
From: BunnySmedley ar ts firstname.lastname@example.org
January 11, 2004
Boston Globe Gives JSS Gallery Node
"Let's say your interest in the erotic runs less to steaming streaming video of Paris Hilton and an old beau making the beast with two backs than to the more subtle sensuality of the artistic imagination. "Go to Jssgallery.org (or just to Google), type "Henri Gervex and Rolla" in the search field, and a few clicks later, you'll see a scene more artistically diverting than the Internet's explicit tour of Paris's lurid delights. Gervex's captivating painting brings to life a moment from a (once well-known) Alfred de Musset poem . . . "
Sex sells. I knew it had to be something. When I looked at my hit meter it was off the charts and it took some backward linking to find out what was what
Thanks Scot . . . I think.
Lets see if I can return the favor
January 06, 2004
Letters to the Editor:
January 05, 2004
Letters to the EditorLetters to the Editor:
From: Matt Davies
I do remember our conversation regarding Shannon, and what you sent is wonderful! I went ahead and put a page together on Shannon, which I've been meaning to do for sometime now -- your article you sent just prompted me to get around to doing it.
The Fish Inn photo is from the Washington University Archives, St. Louis Missouri -- the Russell Sturgis Collection, "Box number 11" (box11-broadway.jpg)
I'm afraid I don't know much more than that.
What do you mean by photo 7 "is of the doctors surgery!!"? Is the photo not of a private residence? What is a "doctors surgery"?
Thanks Brian for your comments and additions
I wouldn't necessarily disagree with what you added regarding Manet & Gervex et al. The repulsion of the establishment to "ennobling wanton or morally dubious aspects . . . in art" was exactly what I was trying to say - we agree. And sure, there were previous moments in art when all hands were thrown skyward in disgust. So Manet was not some first by any means -- but he is a watershed -- a major watershed.
Taking about sex is always kind of dicey, and we always, or we tend to always look back and judge other times by our own standards of today's mores. We just assume that everyone, everywhere, at any time in history was just as obsessed with sex with every breathing moment that we are today -- that's pretty eago centric -- but that's us -- that's what we are today. We think we are so open and advanced now - what a joke. We have hypocrisies today as they had then, they are just different hypocrisies -- but that's not where I want this to head.
The thing is, and what I was trying to drive towards, was more of a class distinction -- a sociological economic class distinction of upper middle and up class attitudes towards sex with a lower class woman -- everybody did it (well maybe not everyone) but it was accepted with a wink and a nod as if THAT didn't count -- well, that's bullshit, to use the vernacular of the street.
So it was in this mode that Manet & Gervex were showing us how it really was. How dare Manet & Gervex breach the unspoken pact between men of "breeding".
In Olympia, you are right, of course. I don't think one can underestimate the repulsion of the flat "style" and color of Manet's work and how it was very much an important part of people's repulsion
I loved your comments and thanks for writing
(What's New Direcotory)