St Mary and St Gabriel
Sharing the love of God
The March Talk. Bernard Allan’s gave his scholarly talk on ”John Singer Sargent in Italy” to a village hall “full house”. Bernard demonstrated with brilliant images why the name John Singer Sargent conjures up society portraits painted by an American artist whose successful career encompassed France, Britain as well as America. But emphasised that he was born in Italy, received his early training as an artist in Florence and re-visited the country of his birth many times. Here he painted for pleasure, usually in watercolour, away from the pressures of portrait commissions. Bernard’s talk focused on these, sophisticated and spontaneous images of landscapes, especially Venice and friends on holiday to give us a much broader awareness of Sargent’s amazing talent. .