Wednesday, January 03, 2018

January Masterpiece of the Month: Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by John Singer Sargent


Who Made It?
An American artist named, John Singer Sargent, created this painting in 1885.

Where Is the REAL One?
The real painting can be seen at The Tate Gallery in London, England.

Why Is This Artwork Important?
This painting is named after a famous song from the year it was painted and it takes place just after sunset in the evening. Sargent felt the glowing light he captured in this painting was completed after two months of autumn evenings. Sargent felt the glowing light he captured in this painting was “the sight of paradise”. In fact, this painting was completed after two months of autumn evenings. The two girls, named Polly and Dolly, were the young daughters of friends with whom Sargent was staying for a visit. Every afternoon he would play tennis until twilight, when the light was absolutely perfect, and the games would stop. The girls would take their positions and Sargent would paint as quickly as possible for a few minutes, until the light changed, and the tennis game would continue. This painting is from a small person’s viewpoint, so the flowers are oversized as if seeing them from a child’s perspective.