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Sunday, 10 July 2016
John Singer-Sargent: The Aesthete
This extremely popular talk was given by Dr Liz Renes, an enthusiast on the subject of John Singer-Sargent. Here she is getting her microphone sorted out:
I didn't take photos during the talk, so I saved a couple of photos of paintings saved from the internet, they are very poor quality so can't be enlarged, the first is of 'Madame X' painted in 1884 which caused rather a stir when it was shown because of the woman's confident demeanor.
This was followed two years later by 'Carnation, Lily, Lily,Rose' using a more Impressionist style, and painted only at dusk when the light was just right.
After the talk, there followed a lively set of questions about JSS.
We are very grateful to Liz for the in depth talk.
We also launched the latest guide to the Swindon Collection that night:
It's a great book, available from the gift shop at the Museum for £5, and £4 to Friends.