Re: MD Painting Quality - John Singer Sargent

From: Platt Holden (
Date: Wed Oct 27 2004 - 13:59:07 BST

  • Next message: MarshaV: "RE: MD Painting Quality - John Singer Sargent"

    Hi Marsha,

    > I went three times to Boston to see the Sargent Exhibition. I felt
    > something about Sargent's paintings that touched my heart. Deeply! I saw
    > his paintings as prayer. There is no record that Sargent was involved in
    > any a relationship with woman or man, and maybe because of that, it's been
    > speculated that he was gay. I don't believe it. I believe, from seeing
    > his paintings, that he was having a major love relationship with painting.
    > Love with the Divine. I'm not a Sargent, but it's a direction. I can't
    > think of a better direction, for me.
    > Well, instead of through religion, I would like to pursue the Divine
    > through painting.

    Me, too. Not only through painting, but through Beauty in general. As
    Plato and Plotinus believed: an object possesses beauty to the extent that
    it is transparent to the Divine and allows Spirit to shine through it. Or,
    as Brancusi put it, "Look at my works until you see them. Those who are
    closer to God have seen them." Or Picasso: "We ought to be able to say
    that such and such a painting is as it is, with its capacity for power,
    because it is 'touched by God.' But people would put a wrong
    interpretation on it. And yet it's the nearest we can get to the truth."

    Since watercolor is my preferred medium, you can imagine why I have a
    "major love affair" with Sargent. :-)



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