Exhibition on Screen: John Singer Sargent – Fashion & Swagger
Dir David Bickerstaffe, UK, 2023, 90 mins
John Singer Sargent was the greatest portrait artist of his era. What made his ‘swagger’ portraits remarkable was his power over his sitters, what they wore and how they were presented to the audience. The manufacture of public identity is as contested today as it was at the turn of the 20th century, but Sargent’s work transcends the social noise and captures an alluring truth with each brush stroke. Through interviews we examine how Sargent’s unique practice has influenced modern art, culture and fashion.