Fresh to Market: Two Sargent Watercolors in Context

Talk by Scholar and Curator Trevor Fairbrother


John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925) Bologna Fountain, c. 1909 (Lot 321, Estimate: $50,000-70,000)

Skinner is delighted to offer two works by John Singer Sargent that have been with a local family for over ninety years. Scholar and Curator Trevor Fairbrother will give a breezy overview of the artist’s work as a watercolorist and take a close look at these splendid Italian images – Bologna Fountain and Olive Grove.


John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925) Olive Grove (Lot 320, Estimate: $35,000-55,000)

Trevor Fairbrother earned both his B.A. and his M.A. from Oxford University. He completed training at Sotheby’s London and then earned his Ph.D. from Boston University. From 1996 to 2001 he was the Seattle Art Museum´s Deputy Director of Art and Curator of Modern Art. He also served as Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A noted Sargent scholar, he is the author of John Singer Sargent: The Sensualist (2001), which accompanied an exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum on Sargent, and has recently contributed two essays on the artist to the exhibition catalogue John Singer Sargent (Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, 2018). His interview with Andy Warhol appeared in Arts Magazine in 1987, and he organized the exhibition Beuys and Warhol: The Artist as Shaman and Star for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 1991. His recent projects as an independent curator and scholar include the exhibition and book Family Ties: A Contemporary Perspective (2003) and an essay in Art in America on new photographic portraits by Gary Schneider.

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