John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal and Guercino: Virtuoso Draftsman at The Morgan Library & Museum, October 4, 2019 – January, 2020

 John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal, October 4, 2019 – January 12, 2020 

John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) was one of the greatest portrait artists of his time. While he is best known for his powerful paintings, he largely ceased painting portraits in 1907 and turned instead to charcoal drawings to satisfy portrait commissions. These drawn portraits represent a substantial, yet often overlooked, part of his practice, and demonstrate the same sense of immediacy, psychological insight, and mastery of chiaroscuro that animate Sargent’s sitters on canvas. The Morgan Library & Museum is proud to present the first major exhibition to explore these expressive portraits in charcoal.” — The Morgan Library & Museum

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John Singer Sargent (1856–1925). Gertrude Kingston, ca. 1909. Charcoal. By permission of the Provost and Fellows of King’s College, Cambridge, UK. Fitzwilliam Museum.

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John Singer Sargent (1856–1925). Ethel Grenfell, Lady Desborough, 1909. Charcoal. Trustees of the Firle Estate Settlement, Firle, East Sussex, UK.

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John Singer Sargent (1856–1925). Lady Diana Manners, 1914. Charcoal. Private Collection. Photography by Christopher Calnan.

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John Singer Sargent (1856–1925). Robert Henry Benson, 1912. Charcoal. Courtesy Mr. Robin Benson. Photography by Christopher Calnan.

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John Singer Sargent (1856–1925). Mary Smyth Hunter, ca. 1904. Charcoal. Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester: Gift of James O. Belden in memory of Evelyn Berry Belden.

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John Singer Sargent (1856–1925). Sybil Sassoon, 1912. Charcoal. Private Collection, Photography by Christopher Calnan.

John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal was conceived by Richard Ormond, a renowned Sargent scholar and the artist’s grand-nephew. The exhibition was developed in partnership between the Morgan Library & Museum and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery. The Morgan’s presentation is curated by Laurel Peterson, Moore Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Drawings and Prints.

Guercino: Virtuoso Draftsman, October 4, 2019 – February 2, 2020

“Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, known as Guercino (1591–1666), was arguably the most interesting and diverse draftsman of the Italian Baroque era, a natural virtuoso who created brilliant drawings in a broad range of media. The Morgan Library & Museum owns more than thirty-five works by the artist, and these are the subject of a focused exhibition, supplemented by a pair of loans from New York private collections. Guercino: Virtuoso Draftsman includes sheets from all moments of the artist’s career.” — The Morgan Library & Museum 

Guercino, 1591-1666. The Bird-Catcher [drawing]. 17th century. 1979.8

Guercino (1591–1666). The Bird-Catcher, 17th century. Pen and brown ink on paper. The Morgan Library & Museum, 1979.8. Photography by Steven H. Crosot, 2014.

Guercino, 1591-1666. Mocking of the Village Madman [drawing]. ca. 1619. I, 101

Guercino (1591–1666). Mocking of the Village Madman, ca. 1619. Pen and brown ink on paper. The Morgan Library & Museum, I, 101. Photography by Steven H. Crosot, 2014.

Guercino, 1591-1666.  Studies of Mouths and Noses, 17th century, recto, 2016.17:1

Guercino (1591–1666). Studies of Mouths and Noses, 17th century. Pen and brown ink on laid paper. The Morgan Library & Museum, 2016.17:1. Photography by Janny Chiu, 2016.

Guercino, 1591-1666, Vision of St. Philip Neri  1646-47, recto, 1977.49

Guercino (1591–1666). Vision of St. Philip Neri, 1646–1647. Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, on paper. The Morgan Library & Museum, Gift of János Scholz, 1977.49. Photography by Graham S. Haber, 2019.

Guercino, 1591-1666, Seated Nude Man  17th century,  recto, 1970.12

Guercino (1591–1666). Seated Nude Man, 17th century. Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, on paper. The Morgan Library & Museum, Gift of Mrs. Jacob M. Kaplan in Honor of Mr. Frederick B. Adams, Jr., on the Occasion of his Retirement as Director of the Library, 1970.12. Photography by Graham S. Haber, 2019.

Guercino, 1591-1666. Virgin and Child with a Book and a Pot of Pinks [drawing]. 17th century. IV, 168g

Guercino (1591–1666). Virgin and Child with a Book and a Pot of Pinks, 17th century. Red chalk on laid paper. The Morgan Library & Museum, IV, 168g. Photography by Steven H. Crosot, 2014.

Guercino: Virtuoso Draftsman is organized by the Morgan Library & Museum, New York and curated by John Marciari, Charles W. Engelhard Curator and Department Head of Prints and Drawings.

All images courtesy The Morgan Library & Museum.