John Singer Sargent’s Cosmopolitan Aesthetics

Born in Florence to American parents who took him all over Europe, John Singer Sargent studied in both Italy and France, while continuing his own explorations in places like Spain, the Netherlands and Morocco. He would eventually settle in London, with stints on the East Coast of America, painting landscapes and society portraits.

Friends with some of the most distinguished artists of his day, and fashioning the well heeled wherever he went, Sargent had extensive transnational social networks. His fluid cosmopolitan lifestyle and experience with artistic styles gave him the ability to tailor his artistic approach to his international subjects and audiences. 

In this talk we will examine how this citizen of nowhere became everyone’s favourite portraitist.

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Mariska Beekenkamp-Wladimiroff
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SPEAKER – MARISKA BEEKENKAMP-WLADIMIROFF

Originally schooled as a psychologist in the Netherlands, Mariska Beekenkamp-Wladimiroff turned to the arts when starting a family in London. Specialising in the Dutch Golden Age of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Mariska now delivers talks for a number of organisations, including her own company Art Historical London. Art Historical London offers art historical lectures, museum visits, courses, tours, travel and events from Amsterdam, London and New York, and since 2020 online. 

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