24 juni 2016

John Singer Sargent #3

Joh Singer Sargent painting with the sight-size method.

If you’ve ever amused yourself by holding up your thumb and noticing how someone across the room appears to be tiny and thumb-sized next to it, you’re well on your way to understanding the sight-size method of painting and sculpting. Sight-size is a technique long used in schools and ateliers to teach art students the fundamentals of correct proportions. Essentially, it involves the artist setting up to create their painting (or sculpture) at a vantage point where the subject appears to be exactly the size they plan to depict it. The closer to life size the finished image, the closer to the subject the painter and his or her canvas will be arranged.
...." (bron: Principle Gallery)

John Singer Sargent: Mrs. Fiske Warren (Gretchen Osgood) and Her Daughter Rachel, 1903. (collectie: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

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