Road Trip to Cooperstown (or a long way to drive for the love of John Singer Sargent)
|"Lady Agnew" - watercolour study by Christy Obalek |
of John Singer Sargent's work in oil: "Lady Agnew of Lochnaw"
I'm going on a road trip today - to Cooperstown, New York.
Not for the Baseball Hall of Fame, either.
So the question everyone asks is: why go there, if not for the love of the game?
My answer is short and sweet: John Singer Sargent
He was best known for his amazing oil portraits of prominent women at the turn of the century (last century, that is!)
I'll include a few of his watercolours here, because, after all, that is what you're here for, right?
His most famous (infamous) painting was of Madame Gautreau
- often referred to as "Madame X" - (you can google it) -
but I love this reference sketch, painted in watercolour:
And here are some of my favourites in oil. The moody and perfect "Repose":
(oh, how I love his use of blue)
and of course, the intriguing, mysterious Lady Agnew:
|Lady Agnew of Lochnaw John Singer Sargent -- 1892-93 |
Oil on canvas
124.5 x 99.7 cm (49 x 39 1/4 in.)
I'll be back on Monday, with photos and an account of our trip.
Till then, enjoy your own travels in watercolour!