John Singer Sargent
John Singer Sargent (12 January 1856– 14 April 1925) was the most successful portrait painter of his era, as well as a gifted landscape painter and watercolorist. He was an American expatriate who lived most of his life in Europe.
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- The habit of breaking up one's colour to make it brilliant dates from further back than Impressionism - Couture advocates it in a little book called 'Causeries d'Atelier' written about 1860 - it is part of the technique of Impressionism but used for quite a different reason.
- In: K.C. Charteris John Sargent, C. Scribener's Sons, 1927, p.125
- Impressionism was the name given to a certain form of observation when Monet, not content with using his eyes to see what things were or what they looked like as everybody had done before him, turned his attention to noting what took place on his own retina (as an oculist would test his own vision).
- In K.C. Charteris John Sargent, C. Scribener's Sons, p.123
- A portrait is a picture in which there is something not quite right about the mouth.
- Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.
- Quoted in Bentley and Esar, Treasury of Humorous Quotations (1951)