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Whenever I’m asked to name some of my favorite artists, John Singer Sargent is always at the top of the list. His work has all of the qualities that make for a great work of art. Whether you’re talking about drawing ability and draftsmanship, complete control of value relationships, creative composition, capturing an arrested pose in a sitter, using warm and cool temperature changes in color, portrait painting, landscape painting, working in oil, charcoal or watercolor, Sargent could do it all. Not only was he able to accomplish all of this throughout his career, but he became one of the very best in history to ever do so. In many ways, Sargent’s work acts as a bridge between academic painting and Impressionism. Although often known for his incredible portrait paintings, Sargent was equally adept at painting landscapes en plein air. In constant search of fresh approaches to landscape and figure painting, Sargent’s travel destinations included the Alps, Italy, Spain, Norway and Palestine.

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John Singer Sargent painting outdoors

Gondoliers' Siesta, 1905

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Yale University Press has captured 283 of these magnificent landscape paintings in their recently published book, John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1900-1907.

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When it comes to books on John Singer Sargent, no one does it better than Yale University Press. These large format books are packed with crystal clear images that are arranged in chronological order, providing a great resource to study from. John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1900-1907 is the latest installment in Yale’s catalogue raisonne project of Sargent’s work and is a stunning addition to the series. Throughout the book, Yale has also included photographs of many of the same locations that Sargent painted. One of the unique features that sets this volume apart from the others is that the photos are taken from the same view and perspective as the artist, giving us greater insight into what Sargent saw as he was painting.

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The Piazzetta, Venice circa 1904 by John Singer Sargent 1856-1925

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If you’re looking for the best books available on the work of John Singer Sargent, I would highly recommend taking a look at Yale University Press’ catalogue raisonne project of his work. Each of these highly informative volumes is among some of my favorite books that I own. Here are a few more examples of other volumes in the series:

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To learn more about Yale University Press and all of the books that they offer visit yalepress.yale.edu. Click here to see more of Yale’s books on John Singer Sargent.

I’m extremely honored to have Yale University Press as one of the sponsors of the You be the Judge art contest 2013. The Grand Prize winner will receive a hardcover copy of their latest book, John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1900-1907, as part of the Grand Prize package! To learn more about the contest visit www.YouBeTheJudgeArtContest.com. You can also participate in this year’s contest by voting for your favorite work of art to help decide who the Grand Prize winner will be. The deadline for voting is this Sunday, June 16, 2013.