John Singer Sargent was an American painter (January 12, 1856 – April 14, 1925) and a keen observer of life. I first came across Sargent while I was researching Spanish Dancers for a project. Singer's keen eye amazingly breaks down complex visuals to simple pools of colour without breaking the illusion. They are startlingly lifelike.

The gallery with all of his work

And his watercolours...

and his charcoal and pencil studies...

The technique was to work on neutral ground (grey newsprint or some sort of tinted paper) sketch with charcoal or graphite and work on the highlights by removing excess charcoal / graphite with bread. (Kneaded into a tight eraser-like ball.) White chalk was also used to bring in a 3rd colour thereby completing the monochrome spectrum.

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Comment by George Supreeth on July 5, 2010 at 11:03am
Thanks Jeevan. Very pretty painting!

Comment by Jeevan on July 5, 2010 at 10:50am
Especially, his painting 'Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose' is enchanting and quite famous



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