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General Officers of World War I by Sargent - Reproduction Oil Painting
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General Officers of World War I

In 1922, John Singer Sargent painted a group portrait of great size entitled General Officers of World War I. This artwork was commissioned by Sir Abraham Bailey, and he hired other artists to complete a series of painting that was meant to commemorate the work done by the navy, the army, and the politicians to bring the First World War to an end. Sargent initially declined the offer, but eventually agreed to do the job and began in the year 1920, after his return to the United States of America. Sargent’s painting Gassed was the central piece of the commissioned war series.

This painting is currently located in the National Portrait Gallery in London. Sargent found this piece very difficult to conclude, as he had to work with the figure of twenty-one men on a single canvas. In a letter to Sir James Guthrie – the artist who was executing the portrait of the politicians – written during the beginning of the project, Sargent states that he was collecting reference material, but had not yet thought of how to distribute them in the whole composition. He also wrote about how he was frustrated because he could not put all of the figures together in an interesting background, having to content himself in bland surroundings, in which he refers to a “vacuum” space. He concluded many portrait studies of each General before positioning them on the final painting.

Despite Sargent’s frustration during the execution of the painting, the result was well received. He was able to elegantly portray each figure, giving them a strong and honorable expression. Because of the purpose of the painting, which was to pay homage to the brave men of the First Wolrd War, the color palette is limited but precise. The figures all have light skin tones which complement the green-brown uniforms. Their boots bring warmer shades of brown to the artwork. Some massive Greek columns can be seen behind the group, but most of the background was painted in dark tonalities to highlight the leading figures. Sargent was academically trained since an early age and had a complete domain on traditional painting techniques. During this period, Sargent had let go of the conventional portrait painting and was experimenting with more a more modern style, but this artwork is an example of how he never lost his Classic background.

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General Officers of World War I John Singer Sargent

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