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Subject: More on Sargent in Florence
From: From: Parker Agelasto <
Age las toP@saam.si.edu>
Date: Wed, 03 Apr 2002
Please send any information you might have on Sargent in Florence in the early 1900s. SAAM has a Sargent watercolor depicting a fountain in the Villa di Medici gardens. It is similar to a work in the Brooklyn Museum of Art depicting a different fountain in the same garden. I would like to know more about this trip, if possible.
You and me both.
Not a lot is known (at least from what I can see) about specific information regarding specific years in his trips in and around Florence. I mean there are countless references to trips and we can pinpoint exactly which gardens he visited by his paintings but we really don't have any juicy information regarding antidotal information about what they did. Nor have I found (please someone correct me if I'm wrong) a book which outlines and really explains his trips to Florence.
You can find any number of references to specific gardens and fountains which he painted in any number of books such as "Sargent Abroad: Figures and Landscapes" and the Olson biography to name a couple (see books), but all have left me wanting to know so much more.
To pull it all together will take considerable amount of time. What a great project to work on and what a great question!
Is there any way you can send me an image of the fountain in Villa di Medici gardens which the SAAM has, along with anything you know about it? Would love to feature it.
All my best
Subject: Images of Sargent's Garden at Tite Street
From: Sally Williams
<sa lly.willi email@example.com>
Date: 17 May 2002
Do you know whether Sargent painted or drew any images of his garden at 31 Tite Street? or alternatively whether there were any photos taken during his time there? I would be very grateful if you are able to help
I don't know.
Subject: Did Sargent try to paint Calvin Coolidge
From: Marc Peloquin
<p apercli firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 06 Nov 2002
Dear Ms. Wallace ..
I am absolutely knocked over by your web site! Words that come to mind are (and I've got a degree in Fine Arts as well as known some major artist, etc.) ... "accomplished collection of data and insight into one of America's most distinguished painter portraitists ... thorough ..exhaustive .. complete ..." And that's my story and I'm sticking to it!
I am a writer and researcher in Boston doing a piece concerning an event within the Gov. C. Coolidge administration (circa 1919 to 1920) ... I am eager to know from your extensive research if JSS ever visited or attempted to solicit a commission from C. Coolidge?
I am sure that you must have many demands upon your time ... I appreciate whatever attention you could give to this query.
Date: Wed, 06 Nov 2002
No, I'm afraid as far as I know he made no attempt at a commission from president Coolidge. Out of Sargent's major biographies, there is no mention of Coolidge, something which would obviously show up (you would think) if there had been something there. By 1919 Sargent was working furiously on murals and he always tried to dodge these high profile portraits towards the end of his life. In the two presidents that he did paint -- Teddy Roosevelt and W. Wilson -- the commissions seemed to come from outside himself (from other people commissioning him to do it) so its unlikely that he had tried to get a commission and was refused.
Good question though and good luck on your research
I see your talking about when he
was a Governor. Well, again, I haven't seen any reference to Sargent painting
Coolidge at any time.
Is Natasha published anywhere else?
From: Lazarus A. Epicurus"
<silver blooda email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2003
Do You Occasionally Write Newspaper Articles, Perhaps Online Newspapers?
No. Since I hold no credentials regarding art history I've never been asked nor have I ever tried to get anything published -- art related. As some people do, I have written creatively on other things -- mostly for my own pleasure.
Thanks for asking
Use of photography in Sargent's paintings
From: kristin parker
kp ark firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Natasha, I wonder if you could
refer me to anyone doing research on the use of photography in Sargent\'s
Is Sargent related with Vlastos?
From: Françoise B-BERNARD - 3
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Date: Thu, 30 May 2002
Here a message from a very distant
distant distant ..... cousin in
But ... who knows... Is Sargent related with Vlastos ???
Painting named "Lake of Gold"?
From: "sylvain leonard"
<sylv ain.leon firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2003
I would like to know if John Singer had done a painting on the name of "Lake of Gold"
I greatly appreciate your comments or response.
Not that I know of
|Subject: "Working Women"?
From: "Tami MacDonald
<tami sde email@example.com>
Date: April 26, 2004
I was fortunate enough to attend the JSS
exhibit here in Seattle in 2001 and fell in love with one of his paintings. I
cannot remember the name of it...something like "Women at Work" or "Working
Women". It was an open villa setting with bright purple colors and it seems as
though women were smashing grapes or something. I have been in search of a print
of this painting and can't find it. Does any of this sound familiar to you?
The painting you're asking about maybe be entitled
Women at Work, ca. 1910
Bowman Dodd (Mrs. Edward Dodd)"
From: Teresa Heffernan
<ter esa.heff firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sun, 06 Jun 2004
I checked the three portrait books and the biography by Olson, none of them mention the portrait Dodd -- nor might I add her maiden name Bowman. So I presume we know little about it and her. Maybe someone can come up with anything.
Did the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York have any info?