Uncanny Spectacle: the Public Career of the
Young John Singer Sargent

Uncanny Spectacle: the Public Career of the Young John Singer Sargent
Uncanny Spectacle: the Public Career of the Young John Singer Sargent
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By Marc Simpson with Richard Ormond and H. Barbara Weinberg

By the time John Singer Sargent turned thirty years old in 1886, he already commanded an international reputation in the art world, creating a stream of works for exhibition that people eagerly awaited and discussed at length. Henry James noted that Sargentís talent offered "the slightly 'uncanny' spectacle" of an artist on the threshold of his career who in fact had nothing more to learn. This book explores how the young American painter in just over a decade jumped from apprenticeship to wide acclaim, how he presented himself and his works, and how he sought to shape public perception of his talent. The book includes illustrations of every painting Sargent exhibited in Paris, London, and New York through 1887.

Uncanny Spectacle accompanied an exhibition of John Singer Sargent's early paintings that opened in June 1997 at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

206 pages, 9 x 11 inches
39 color and 117 black-and-white illustrations
Published in association with Yale University Press
1997

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