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John Singer Sargent: Love at First (and Second) Sight!

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Normally if we were going to be talking about the American  portrait artist John Singer Sargent you might think that we would also be talking about the PEM but this time we’re not.

John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent

The Salem Anthenaeum is presenting renowned art historian and Sargent scholar Mary Crawford-Volk in a talk entitled “Sargent and Boston: Love at First (and Second!) Sight.” The lecture on Friday May 1st discusses the painters love with Boston.  The presentation will begin with a wine-and-cheese reception at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20, or $15 for members of the Salem Athenæum.

From the Salem Anthenaeum:

Sargent made his first professional visit to America in 1887 and spent the winter in Boston, launching a  lifelong affinity for the city and its cultural community that decisively marked his career. Mary Crawford-Volk explores how Boston patrons inspired some of the artist’s most exciting work, from portraits to landscapes to public murals.

As a student of the Arts, I can tell you this should be a great event and the price is well worth it.  It’s always fascinating to get some more insight on familiar imagery and well known artists.  It’s even better when that info is available to us in our own back yard.

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