This weekend I visited the John Singer Sargent Exhibition at the Portrait Gallery. At whatever level you choose to view this Show, it is brilliant. John Singer Sargent was one of the most successful and sought after portrait artists of the first half of the twentieth century. This is obvious from this retrospective which features his vivid paintings of famous society figures including Monet, Rodin,Yeats, Henry James, Robert Louis Stevenson and Ellen Terry. His work gives you much more of an impression of the sitters than a photograph could. He was such a skilled draftsman and seemingly comfortable in all the mediums.
Apart from the many portraits, there are some great landscape & figure paintings on display as well, together with some sketches and studies and a couple of watercolours (he is a big hero of mine in that particular medium). Well worth a visit before the show ends next month on the 25th of May.