Juan Jr. Ramirez
Lecture: “John Singer Sargent’s Method”
May 7, 2017, 1-3PM
Ice House Mall, 200 Applebee St., Barrington, IL
Fee: Members – $15 Non-Members- $20
When we think of John Singer Sargent, what might come to mind are fashionable portraits painted with flowing brushstrokes. He often painted a passage with a few touches. “Too clever,” said some critics. It was only after the age of 30, did he accept his natural talent, as his signature. He showed the birth marks of his later style in his earliest portraits. When one of his paintings seemed too laborious he never hesitated to scrape it off and start a fresh. He maintained that if one studied his approach, one would be free to go after the subtlest qualities of the model. Sargent was a master portraitist, and his distinctive style cemented his place in history. But he was a master of values and drawing above all. In this lecture, I’ll discuss his method and ideas that he adopted throughout the years. We will go over the differences between his early works and his later paintings.
Juan Jr Ramirez is a Chicago born self-taught artist. His portraits are classically painted and treated with sensitivity. His work is exhibited by Vermont Artisans and Susan Powell Gallery. He is also the author of the Sargent Notes.
“As an artist, I treasure the moments that are fleeting and I work to make them last forever. It could be the swiftness of the light and color, or the gesture of a person, even the person that few would consider to paint. The most intimate moments are not always private; they are open to the world. As a teacher, I work endlessly to make whatever hard task easy to understand, to each student individually in a friendly way.”
BCAC at the Barrington Art Festival 2017