John Singer Sargent: Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose (1885-86)

John Singer Sargent (1856–1925), Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, oil on canvas, painted 1885-1886, Image Source: Tate UK

The title comes from the song ‘The Wreath’, by the eighteenth-century composer of operas Joseph Mazzinghi, which was popular in the 1880s. Sargent and his circle frequently sang around the piano at Broadway. The refrain of the song asks the question ‘Have you seen my Flora pass this way?’ to which the answer is ‘Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose’.

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  1. Just the other day we watched Waldemar Januszczak’s “Battle Of The Brush: Walter Sickert vs. John Singer Sargent,” in which this painting figured.

    [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naPqCdUvMDg]

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    1. That looks good – thanks for the link, Steve. 🙂

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  2. Beautiful! His process of painting outdoors in the twilight was challenging. Yet he never gave up his vision for this piece. Amazing.

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    1. I think part of his genius must have been his perseverance! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Rosalienne. 🙂

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  3. Wow…again! The painting is huge, and that’s with a piece cut off. This patience is exactly why I don’t paint. Every night with 10 minutes…ugh! Couldn’t do it. Gorgeous and I don’t care about the hand situation. Thank you, Sunnyside. I try to take out time when my day gets hectic and go to your work for a breather.

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    1. Not much patience here, either! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Susan. 🙂

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      1. You are welcome!♥️

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  4. cindy knoke says:

    Such a beautiful painting. Did you read, ‘I Am Madame X?’ I enjoyed it and would like to ‘Strapless.’

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    1. I have not yet read it, but it is on my list! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Cindy. 🙂

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