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Atlas And The Hesperides by John Singer Sargent Nude Art Print
Atlas And The Hesperides by John Singer Sargent Nude Art Print

Atlas And The Hesperides

Atlas And The Hesperides c1922/25 by American Painter John Singer Sargent (1856 – 1925); considered to be the leading portrait painter of his generation.

This is a beautiful Greek Mythological Art Deco (1908 – 1935) style painting of Atlas; son of the Titan Lapetus and the Oceanid Clymene or Asia and the brother of Prometheus – the Creator of Humankind.

It depicts Atlas holding up the heavens; which according to Hesiod’s Theogony (a poem by Hesiod 8th to 7th BC), he was forced to do as punishment for his part in the Was against Zeus; King of the Gods.

In front and to the sides of Atlas we see the Hesperides, of which there are seven; they are the daughters of Atlas.

They are known as the Nymphs of Sleep who were responsible for guarding the Hesperides Garden; which contained a tree that produced Golden Apples; which we can see in the hands of some of them as they slumbering on the grass.

The Tree of Golden Apples was gifted to Hera when she married Zeus as a wedding present by the Goddess Gaia or Goddess of Mother Earth.

In the background of the painting we can see two huge columns and the setting sun; with its bright orange rays streaming upwards and to the left and right against a blue sky, behind and in front of the two columns.

This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available for purchase online as a rolled canvas print.

Info Below Derived From Wikipedia.org

John Singer Sargent was an American expatriate artist, considered the “leading portrait painter of his generation” for his evocations of Edwardian-era luxury.

He created roughly 900 oil paintings and more than 2,000 watercolors, as well as countless sketches and charcoal drawings.

His oeuvre documents worldwide travel, from Venice to the Tyrol, Corfu, the Middle East, Montana, Maine, and Florida.

Born in Florence to American parents, he was trained in Paris before moving to London, living most of his life in Europe.

In the 1880s he made an early submission to the Paris Salon of his Madame X Portrait c1884, which the intent of consolidating his position as a society painter in Paris; but instead the painting resulted in a scandal.

The Madame X Portrait was of a leading Socialite, Madame Pierre Gautreau dressed in a black plunging neck evening dress with gold diamond chain shoulder straps, that tightly caressed her waist.

For the times, it suggested to many Parisians, an indiscreet posing in revealing attire and provoked a storm of outrage, forcing Sargent to leave the country.

The following year Sargent departed for England where he continued a successful career as a portrait artist; and enjoyed international acclaim as a portrait painter.

From the beginning, Sargent’s work was characterized by remarkable technical facility, particularly in his ability to draw with a brush; which in later years inspired admiration as well as criticism for a supposed superficiality.

His commissioned works were consistent with the grand manner of portraiture, while his informal studies and landscape paintings displayed a familiarity with Impressionism.

In later life Sargent expressed ambivalence about the restrictions of formal portrait work, and devoted much of his energy to mural painting and working en plein air.

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