Saturday, August 8, 2009

Sargent's Murals

John Singer Sargent created some very fine murals in the 1920s. These first 5 images are from L'illustration Magazine, showcasing Sargent's powerful imagery and design.

The Danaides—1925

Apollo with the Hours—1925

Classical and Romantic Art—1921

The Sphinx and the Chimera—1921

Apollo and the Muses—1921


Anonymous said...

These are all great! Can it be attributed to any style? Is it modern or salon or art-deco or something else?

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

I think of it as Allegorical Neoclassicism, in the beaux art mural tradition, with Symbolist touches here and there. But, well, I'm not schooled in the isms, so it well could be classified as something else. These were commissioned mostly for the Musuem of Fine Arts and the public library in Boston and were so different from Sargent's painterly styles.