This is Sargent's
studio at 41 Boulevard
Berthier, Paris. He moved here in June of 1883. On the 23rd of that
Vernon Lee visited and then wrote
to her mother regarding the place. The
studio did have some history to it as it had previously been occupied
Alfred Stevens (Belgian painter in Paris, 1823–1906).
in the house,
according to Vernon Lee, he really didn't spend that much time there.
appointment book was filled with dates outside of Paris, spending a
deal of time in England before eventually taking a lease on Tite
Street. By March of '86 he saw the folly of keeping his Berthier
and gave it up to Giovannie
The photo was
probably taken right
before the Salon of 1884 (though I'm guessing). His painting of Madame
X is to his left and appears ready for show. On the easel which
he faces, is the painting of his sister he did in January called The
Breakfast Table. Behind Madame X, and hanging on the
wall, is Dwarf
with a Mastiff, which was a copy after Velázquez's
painting which he made
at the Prado in Madrid. The porcelain dolls sitting on the mantel
the doorway and the tapestries are reflective of Sargent's taste in the
modern movement and attitudes prevalent in Paris at the time for all
Japanese -- especially prints. This profoundly influenced the
(the influence was called Japonisme).
that the tapestry
to his left, which appears to be covering his bed, he would later use
the backdrop to his portrait of Lady
Agnew of Lochnaw.
Sargent's Paris Haunts
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Date : Sun, 27
i'm soon on my way
to paris and wondering
if any of the haunts of jss's early years are still standing. i'm
of carolus-duran's atelier, sargent's first studio (shared with
etc. is it worth trying to follow the trail?
Date 28, Jan, 2002
if you were hoping
I might be a wet
blanket, you sure came to the wrong person. I think it's a capital
I'm afraid, though, I haven't a clue as to whether they are still there
or not. You are hereby deputized as an official correspondent of the
Gallery, so go forth with camera and stencil pad and report back of
Good luck my dear
boy, and bring
back a trophy
Date: Sat, 02 Feb
While I'm afraid
boyhood is past,
I'm up to the task in spirit, and I happily accept my mission. It may
my family a little crazy, but I can't wait to steal away and track down
whatever remnants I can find, digital camera and notebook in hand. My
of likely sites now includes the Boulevard Berthier studio,
atelier, the Sargent/Beckwith studio, and the boarding house where JSS
lived while a student. If you have any other thoughts, I'd love to hear
PS -- just to fill
you in a little,
I'm an actor and painter (primarily portraits), living in Los Angeles.
Note -- Natasha
asked if he had the addresses of the various places.
Date: Mon, 04 Feb
Here's what I have
atelier was at 81
boulevard Montparnasse [seen it also printed Mont Parnasse]. (My
impression is that
The studio Sargent
and Beckwith shared
was at 73 bis, rue Notre Dame des Champs. (I'm not exactly sure what
means, but it's something like 73a -- Augustus St. Gaudens had the
at 49 rue N.D. des C., apparently very close by).
At least early on,
JSS lived in a
boarding house at 19 rue de l'Odeon.
The studio at 41
appears to have been, coincidentally, at 41 blvd Berthier.
And that's what
I've got, gleaned
from the various books. I'm assuming they're good and hoping busy
haven't messed with the numbers in the intervening years. We'll see.
Date: Tue, 04 Feb
Sounds like you got
it all under
control. I would assume pretty much everything is close to the Latin
and he probably walked everywhere so it can't be that dispersed. The The
Ecole des Beaux-Arts might have something on Sargent and
atelier, but taking the time to find the right person to ask might be
than your poor family could bare -- if they try to get you committed
family) I'll pass around a hat and see if we can scrape up a few
to spring you.
Have fun, and I
look forward to hearing
note -- Willaim
either got busy or he couldn't find it, since I haven't yet heared back
Date: Wed, 06 Nov
Seeing that I
currently live in Paris,
it is no problem for me to have checked out the address.
that number [41 boulevard Berthier] no longer exists. I will have
to check out eventually if it is because the street has been
or if the original building at #41 has been torn down and replaced with
some other architectural monstrosity.
When I get some
time and am in the
area, I will be most happy to do this for you.
What is strange
about this address
is the fact that it is so far away from the world. The majority
"mondain" artists lived much closer to the center of Paris either in
Montmartre area or in the 9th arrondissement or even closer to the
By the way, do you
have any information
as to where Sargent shopped for his art supplies whilst in Paris?...
a curious question.
Date: Wed, 06 Nov 2002
I don't remember
where he bought his supplies. It will be interesting to hear if
else can come up with something.