My ever growing list of works of art and architecture that I hope to see one day
When you study art history in school, you open books or see slides of fabulous work and maybe just presume that one day you will have an opportunity to stand in front of your favourites. As time goes by, you get to a point in your life where you realise that unless you actively plan to save and travel to distinct locations, you may just never. The internet can only go so far in satisfying my wanderlust. Here’s my fantastical dream-list.
Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose
John Singer Sargent
It was the inspiration for a show of illustrations I did in Melbourne, in 2005. I have been looking around this morning at some articles about the work and found this great essay about the development of the painting, including pencil sketches, oil sketches and letters from Sargent to his sister discussing the difficulties of capturing the fleeting colours and light at dusk. The Tate also has a wonderful video where you can get a clear idea of the beauty and scale of the piece. (SBL #10 – Nov 11, 2016 )