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Presentation Title

The Foreign Sargent

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Arthur Foster, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Young 111

Abstract

Though John Singer Sargent has largely been considered the greatest portraitist of the Edwardian age, more recent criticism disparages Sargent's oeuvre for its attention to aesthetics and the socially elite. Many brand him and his work as superficial and lacking in psychological insight. However, upon closer investigation of his large output, we can ascertain greater psychological meaning in the form of personal identification. While it has been widely postulated that Sargent was most likely homosexual, evaluation of his work may reveal a much more complicated sexual identity. It is the aim of this presentation to investigate the possibility that Sargent may have been enacting a trasvestic performance through his artwork, with particular focus placed on his portraiture.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-8-2014 1:00 PM

End Date

4-8-2014 2:20 PM

Panel

Panel: Digging Deep for Meaning: Art History

Field of Study for Presentation

Art History

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Apr 8th, 1:00 PM Apr 8th, 2:20 PM

The Foreign Sargent

Young 111

Though John Singer Sargent has largely been considered the greatest portraitist of the Edwardian age, more recent criticism disparages Sargent's oeuvre for its attention to aesthetics and the socially elite. Many brand him and his work as superficial and lacking in psychological insight. However, upon closer investigation of his large output, we can ascertain greater psychological meaning in the form of personal identification. While it has been widely postulated that Sargent was most likely homosexual, evaluation of his work may reveal a much more complicated sexual identity. It is the aim of this presentation to investigate the possibility that Sargent may have been enacting a trasvestic performance through his artwork, with particular focus placed on his portraiture.