Well, nearly a month without posting! Big ISP problems following a vacation... Murphy's Law is working well!
In the meantime I had the opportunity to visit the "Sargent-Sorolla" exhibition in Paris. (I'm linking to the Thyssen Museum site in which some of the paintings are different but the site is better organized that the Petit Palais site ) .Really impressive! I didn't know Sorolla, but Sargent is a big favorite of mine, with some of my favorite paintings included, especially Lady Agnew of Lochnaw.
The jssgallery is an extraordinary ressource on the web for Sargent.
Sorolla has some extraordinary paintings too. I prefer his outdoor scenes to his portraits, however.
It is really different to look at a painting in real life and to look at a reproduction in a book. I especially admired the fluid brushworks that cannot be seen in the reproductions.
By the way, they sold a beautiful exhition catalog:
Sargent et Soralla
Editeur : Paris-Musées
ISBN : 9782879009926
Sometimes they are not very good, but this one is really interesting with a lot about the artists lifes.