This is why I love NY

Posted on Monday 26 February 2007

Just went to the Sargent in Venice show at Adelson Gallery this weekend.
It is a little gallery off the Met on 82nd Street no one really knows about.(of course, except for us art geeks) But this gallery always had a great exhibition on Sargent. People might remember the amazing books, Sargent Abroad and Sargent’s Women. Those shows were held at this gallery. This Sargent in Venice show was just as amazing. Wow. I just wanted to cry over the venice sceneries he captured SO honestly and I could feel the joy he had painting. This show consists of pieces from various times of his life so you could see how his palette opened up and his drawing freed up over the years. I love his limited palette on venice girls paintings in his early time and also love the free open palette on his later plein air paintings. I wish I could see the light through his eyes even just for a few minutes.
Oh, the show was free, by the way. It’s not a museum.. It’s just a gallery. I don’t believe they are selling the artwork. So I don’t know how they can afford this amazing show without charging. I’d pay 20 bucks to see this show no problem…
That’s why I love NY….

I had this silly thought…..what if Sargent did a color key painting for an animated film? Is that bad? heh heh

17 Comments for 'This is why I love NY'

    February 26, 2007 | 1:02 pm

    That’s amazing man! NY is definitely a great place to be.

    February 26, 2007 | 3:10 pm

    oh man…sounds like a great show Dice. Sargeant’s work is always worth looking at over and over again. his “looser, more open” work are some of my faves of all time. talk about a master of light/color. i, too, wish i could see thru his eyes.

    February 26, 2007 | 3:54 pm

    the next question would be ” how would one translate such an awesome colour key into a similar 3d render??” heheh that would be neat. I wonder if sargent would give digital painting a try?? hmmm .. Wish i could have seen the show though!! Ive never seen a sargent painting up close. Must be great!!

    February 26, 2007 | 4:50 pm

    Can you believe this amazing painter ,who was a a great friend of Claude Monet was not enough successfull in Paris and so He had to move to London…so bad.
    There’s currently an exhibition in Paris (until may) at the Petit Palais about him (and Joaquim Sorolla) called “painters of the light”. definetely inspiring. Thanks for sharing Dice, we often forget great masters who keep showing the way.

    February 26, 2007 | 9:50 pm

    I saw the show a few weeks ago. Beautiful show.
    Yes, we are lucky to be in NY. Thanks for sharing dice

    david sweeny
    February 26, 2007 | 10:14 pm

    boy! I wish I was in NY!
    But there’s a show on Sargent AND Sorolla in Paris??? I’m in Houston!!

    roland mechael
    February 27, 2007 | 4:25 pm

    lucky guy!!! i’d love to see Sargent’s work again! last one I saw was the 100th anniversary in Boston! his watercolors are truly amazing! thanks for sharing Dice! hmmmn, makes me wish to live in NY!!!

    February 27, 2007 | 6:27 pm

    I agree about how great Sargent’s work is but…I firmly believe he was like most men, about 70% of the population, color blind. I would think that the medium of animation would show that weekness if he was in-fact to color key. But the same disability would explain his AMAZING ability with values. There is a painting here in Denver, at the museum, that I just sit in front of and just marvel at. Thank you for showing us a great piece of NY!

    February 27, 2007 | 7:18 pm

    Dragon— you bet you are right

    JC—yeah man, NYC! We miss you and Doreen here!

    Plouff— ha ha ha. Sargent with a wacom tablet.. funny!
    but I bet he would enjoy it. We all think someone like Sargent would not sell his soul to digital but I think that’s a silly purist theory. He would probably be fascinated by digital media and will do beautiful work on photoshop while he continues to paint in oil because there are things you can only paint in oil. The same thing with photography. We all forget how many painters back then embraced the possiblity of photography without sacrificing their dedication of paint medium. Sargent was one of them!

    Gerald—A show on Sargent and Sorolla?????
    That’s like dream come true!! WOw~ !!!! Those are the two of my favorites! I thought NYC was amazing but man, Paris… I need to live in Paris!

    Sam–You are welcome

    David–i hear there are good museums in Houston. My friend Vince told me.

    Roland–cool. I went to that show in Boston. I think that is the best Sargent show ever done—they said.

    Nicole–thanks for your thoughts! That’s interesting… I never knew that meny men were color blind. I thought it was like one out of 5 ratio. It is really hard to believe Sargent was color blind. He started his early career with more muted paintings but in his later life when he started painting outdoor, his colors are insane with lots of subtle colors that lots of color blind people can’t capture. So if what you are saying is true, that’s pretty amazing.
    His value is INDEED incredible.

    February 28, 2007 | 2:05 am

    Hey Dice, wow, that must have been a real treat! Sargent is definitely at the top of my list of favorite artists, along with Sorolla, Zorn and the rest of them, so inspirational.
    An animated film done based on Sargent’s paintings — now that would be something I’d like to see 🙂

    February 28, 2007 | 2:46 am

    I am seriously considering going to Paris now for Sorolla and Sargent!!!!! WOWWW

    February 28, 2007 | 5:40 am

    actually i hate to break it to you (and sound very rude doing so)Nicole but only 5-10% of the male population is color blind, less than 1% of women. that’s what i was told by my old color teacher (who was an expert color designer who studied under Johan Itten, color theorist from the Bauhaus era) – and yes, i’m color blind but my understanding is you can learn to adapt to it.(afterall i was born that way) it’s a skill to learn how to see colors better i was told – our friend Dice i’m sure sees color better than most 98% of the population . i’d say, based on his paintings. =0) .i’m hoping its likely improved by his continued and passionate studies…..still i doubt sargeant is color blind, there are many things i’ was told that i’m not seeing in his paintings by my cruel color happy friends =0(

    February 28, 2007 | 5:09 pm


    You are not being rude, I appreciate the information. It’s 5-10% of total male population with another amount, about 6%, appearing in the type called Anomalous trichromacy. Here is a great link:
    When you take a figure like 150,000,000 men in the USA when you use something like,10% that you stated, and work it out you come up about 15,000,000 that could be effected. Now look at how many great artists are men and you see that the odds are very great that a lot of major males artists can’t see all the colors of the spectrum. I will default to your experience though, and of course, that Sargent is all that and a bag of chips! It’s just some very interesting food for thought! Oh, I hope your friends aren’t too cruel to you!

    March 2, 2007 | 3:21 pm

    dang I want to see this show sooo bad !!!!


    March 17, 2007 | 7:04 pm

    I have a friend who is learning to draw and paint and is finding clour blindness a problem. I came across this site searching for known artists with this problem. Despite visiting lots of sites and finding interesting data on the subject of colour blindness I cannot find any information on other artists and how they dealt with their diffuculty. Do any of you have ideas. I would be very grateful. Roy

    Philip Dimitriadis
    March 22, 2007 | 3:12 am

    Wow!!!! you are such a talented artist. You do inspire me so much!! I love your blog, and your professional work is awesome. Thanks for sharing. I love this piece…. You have the old master work talent, in our century. Nice work!!!!!!!

    Robert Duncan
    April 6, 2007 | 12:27 pm

    Just happenend onto this site. Thought you would like to know that there is also a major exhibition of the paintings of Jules Bastien-Lepage on in Paris at the Musee d’ Orsay. Maybe the first major gathering of his work since his death at age 36. You may know he was a MAJOR influence on all the turn of the century great artists. I think these two shows make the trip worth it for any artist.

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