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Madame X by John Singer Sargent (Vanity Fair, 1916)

In order to mark the New York arrival of "Portrait of Madame X" by John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1924), VANITY FAIR's editors chose to run this anecdote concerning the 1884 creation of the work as well as a reproduction of one of the pencil studies for the profile head of the sitter, Madame Gauterau.


The Florida Water Colors of John Singer Sargent (Vanity Fair, 1917)

A few words on the water colors that John Singer Sargent (1856 1925) made in 1917 which pictured the Villa Viscaya in Miami, Florida. The paintings were later purchased by the Worcester Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts.


John Singer Sargent in 1914 (Vanity Fair, 1914)

The attached VANITY FAIR article announced that the numero uno society portrait painter of the Gilded Age, John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925) was swearing-off portrait commissions in order to concentrate on water color. Little did he know that he would be back at it in a few years painting whole boat-loads of general officer portraits when he was named as one of the Official British War Artists.


The Armory Show of 1913 (Literary Digest, 1913)

In this article, "The Mob as Art Critic", an anonymous reviewer gathered excerpts from assorted negative reviews concerning the New York Armory Show of 1913 in an attempt to show the often violent reaction the exhibit inspired.


''The Philosophy of Auguste Rodin'' (Vanity Fair, 1917)

Just prior to the death of Auguste Rodin (1840 - 1917), the Welsh poet and essayist, Arthur Symons (1865-1945), reviewed a book written by the French writer, Judith Cladel (1873-1958) concerning the artist's work and creative temperament:

"AUGUSTE RODIN PRIS SUR LA VIE at once a document and a living thing. The main interest lies in the exactitude with which it records the actual words of Rodin, much as he must have spoken them"


Reminiscences of August Rodin (Vanity Fair, 1918)

Not long after the death of Auguste Rodin (1840 - 1917) Paris-based artist Stephen Haweis (1878 - 1969) remembered his friendship with the French sculptor:

"He loved flattery, as all human beings do, and would listen attentively to rhapsodies from almost anybody, though they do say that a pretty lady got more attention from him than a half-starved journalist."

"Rodin proclaimed himself the culminator of one era of sculpture, the inspirer, and nearly the author of another. He was the father of various schools which are lumped under the title of Modern Art."


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